33rd annual Holiday Blood Drive held in memory of Lisa Zuk

December 1, 2017

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Friends, family and colleagues of Lisa Zuk remember her as someone with a strong desire to help others and a sense of humor that brightened the spirits of those around her. The 14-year veteran of the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department lost her battle with breast cancer Nov. 30, 2015. This Christmas Eve, the American Red Cross and Old National Bank are hosting the 33rd annual Holiday Blood Drive in memory of Lisa Zuk. This holiday season, the Red Cross is encouraging donors to think outside the gift box and give more life by donating blood.


“Lisa was a long-time blood donor and received a number of blood products during her treatment,” said Jane Emanuel, account manager for the Red Cross. “This blood drive is a chance for donors to give the gift of life while keeping Lisa’s memory alive.”


Blood and platelet donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give.


Donate Blood in Memory of Lisa Zuk

Sunday, Dec. 24

7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Radisson Hotel & Suites

100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI


As a special thank you, everyone who comes to donate will receive a Red Cross holiday long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last, and will be entered for a chance to win a free, one-night stay at the Radisson Hotel and Suites (standard room based on availability/blackout dates apply) and other hourly prize drawings. Blood donors of all types, particularly AB, O negative, A negative and B negative donors are urged to make a donation to help ensure patient needs can continue to be met this winter.


Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: HappyHolidays or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.