Katherine Toce 20th Memorial American Red Cross Blood Drive

February 23, 2010
February 17, 2010 - Family rallies community to help save lives during Red Cross Month in Katherine’s honor

Katherine Toce was eleven years old in March 2001when she lost her long-fought battle with brain cancer.  But on Saturday March 13th, it is Katherine’s life and persevering spirit that will be most remembered in the community of Cheshire. 
On Saturday March 13th, the “Katherine Toce 20th Memorial American Red Cross Blood Drive” sponsored by the Toce family, will be held at the Highland Elementary School at 490 Highland Avenue in Cheshire from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
“My personal goal for the 20th Memorial Blood Drive is that we continue to help save lives by donating 100 units of blood in Katherine’s honor on March 13th during Red Cross Month,” Nadine Toce, Katherine’s Mom states.  
“The Red Cross is proud to salute the Toce family, and all those who come out to donate blood in honor of Katherine Toce during our celebration of Red Cross Month in March,” stated Paul Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of American Red Cross – Connecticut Blood Services Region. “Red Cross Month is dedicated to honoring those who help fulfill the American Red Cross mission of helping to save lives each day. We thank the Toce family, the blood donors, the volunteers and sponsors for their ongoing commitment to patients across Connecticut.”
“It is important to continue to help others in Katherine’s memory,” Nadine says. This commitment has been the driving force behind the nineteen blood drives sponsored by the Toces. In December 2000, in the midst of Katherine’s battle with brain cancer, Katherine’s brother Michael sponsored the first blood drive in Katherine’s honor. Katherine, undergoing chemotherapy at the time and requiring multiple blood transfusions was too sick to attend.
To date, approximately 2,150 units have been collected in Katherine’s memory. Nadine Toce calls this “smiles from heaven”.   Since one unit of blood can help up to three patients, that means up to 6,450 patients may have been helped.  
Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment to donate blood at the “Katherine Toce 20th Memorial American Red Cross Blood Drive” or at a blood drive in your community.   The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross has been a primary supplier of lifesaving blood products in the United States for more than 50 years. The American Red Cross Blood Services – Connecticut Region must distribute approximately 650 units of blood each day just to meet the basic needs of Connecticut patients. Only five percent of those eligible to donate blood actually do so. To donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross, individuals must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and in generally good health. High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
Contact: Elaine St. Peter
Office: 860-284-7001
Cellular: 201-694-1768