Family and Friends Remember Lexi Wendle During Blood Drive

July 7, 2011

Debbi Wendle is new to coordinating a blood drive. But, that didn’t stop her from managing the details for a blood drive that will be held in memory of her daughter Lexi, on July 11 at the United Methodist Church in Tremont.  Lexi died in 2004 from a stage 2 Wilms Tumor.

Lexi was diagnosed with the tumor when she just started kindergarten. For more than two years, she received treatment at both the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate and St. Jude Hospital in Memphis. She endured five different surgeries, two bone marrow transplants, received eight different chemotherapy drugs, and probably well over 100 blood transfusions and/or platelet transfusions – not including what she received during her surgeries. Lexi lost her battle to cancer in December 2004, when she was only 7 years old.

On July 11, eligible blood donors in the Tremont area are encouraged to give a little of themselves and give back in memory of Lexi Wendle.

The Red Cross, along with Debbi Wendle, encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to give blood this summer, because the need for blood never takes a summer vacation and must constantly be replenished.

While all blood types are needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients, right now there is a special need for types O negative, B negative and A negative blood donors. Rh negative blood types are always in high demand because they potentially can be transfused to patients with Rh positive or Rh negative blood types.

In about an hour, you can make a lifesaving difference by giving blood.

Blood Drive in Memory of Lexi Wendle

Monday, July 11 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall

101 S. Sampson, Tremont, IL 61568

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

or visit for an appointment.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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. 

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.