Friends, family and community invited to give blood on June 1 in memory of Megan and Denny Kohles

May 21, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. – For seven years, both Megan Kohles and her grandfather Denny Kohles valiantly battled cancer. Meghan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma when she was 3 years old and lost her fight in October 2011. In February 2013, Denny succumbed to prostate cancer. The Kohles family is inviting family, friends and the community to give blood on June 1 at a special blood drive being held in memory of Megan and Denny.
Paula Kohles, Megan’s mother and Denny’s daughter-in-law, said the family is hosting the blood drive because blood transfusions were important to both Megan and Denny during their treatments.
“Blood transfusions gave our family more time with Megan and Denny,” she said. “By holding this blood drive, we are helping to make sure that blood is available to give another family the precious gift of time.”
Blood drive in memory of Megan and Denny Kohles
Saturday, June 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive, Omaha
To make an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit (enter sponsor code 009684).
The blood drive in memory of Megan and Denny Kohles comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.
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
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 join our blog at