Third annual blood drive held in memory of Brad Joyce seeks 200th donation in his name

February 27, 2018
The community is invited to give blood in memory of Brad Joyce at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in his name Saturday, March 10, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Senior Center in Kokomo. With a goal to collect 60 pints of blood at this year’s drive, his family hopes to surpass 200 donations made in his name.
Brad, a Kokomo native, was typically found at a local ball park or dirt track supporting his grandchildren and having fun with family and friends. He was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in November 2015. Though he lost his battle with the cancer in May 2016, many transfusions of blood and platelets helped him live longer to spend more time with his family and loved ones.
“We would love to see anyone willing to come and donate blood at this special drive in memory of him,” said Nikole Joyce Bolton, Brad’s daughter.
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to remember Brad and help other patients battling cancer,” said Toni Fox, account manager for the American Red Cross. 
The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. In Indiana alone, the Red Cross needs about 450 donors each day to support patients at 80 hospitals across the state. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.
Donate Blood in memory of Brad Joyce
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Noon to 5 p.m.
Senior Center
721 W. Superior St., Kokomo, IN 46901
How to help
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.