Underwood High School to host Red Cross blood drive in honor of former student

March 7, 2013

UNDERWOOD, Iowa – Last summer, Alexandra ‘Alex’ Peterson of Neola, Iowa had her whole life in front of her. She had recently graduated from Underwood High School and was looking forward to going away to college. A multiple-car accident in Council Bluffs on July 23 nearly cut the 18-year-old’s life short.

During the accident, Alex’s car was thrust into oncoming traffic and she was broadsided. Her injuries were numerous and life threatening. She even stopped breathing and had no pulse for a short time at the scene of the accident. Emergency surgeries were performed at Alegent Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. and Alex received at least 14 pints of blood as doctors worked to repair her broken body.

Now, after months of rehabilitation, Alex’s family says she is nearly recovered. Alex started taking classes at Iowa State University in January.

Alex’s family credits blood donors for their role in her recovery and now encourages others to give blood. The Peterson family is partnering with the Red Cross and Underwood High School to help host a blood drive in Alex’s honor. Alex and her family will be in attendance to thank those who give.

“We can’t thank blood donors enough for helping save our daughter’s life,” said Martha Peterson, Alex’s mother. “Without their kind gift, she would not be here today, going to college and enjoying a wonderful life. She was given another chance by blood donors and we are forever grateful.”
Blood drive in honor of Alex Peterson
March 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Underwood High School Gym, 629 North St. in Underwood, Iowa.
To make an appointment, please contact the Underwood High School office at 712-566-2703.

Blood collected at the blood drive in honor of Alex Peterson may be used for trauma victims – due to accidents and burns – heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 nearly 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.