American Red Cross blood drive in honor of Illinois teen

December 27, 2012

Galen Huelsmann diagnosed with leukemia in July 2012


AVISTON, Ill. (Dec. 27, 2012) –  Friends and family of Galen Huelsmann invite the Aviston community to attend a January 2013 American Red Cross blood drive honoring the 16-year-old as he continues his fight with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Huelsmann was diagnosed on July 4, 2012, at the age of 15.


Now a freshman in high school, Huelsmann enjoys camping, swimming and playing outdoors with friends. He hopes to soon be able to obtain his driver’s license. He has received more than 80 units of blood and platelets since his treatment began.


Huelsmann’s mother, Carol Huelsmann, said she has little doubt the neighbors of this small community will step up to donate blood in her son’s honor.


“I know this blood drive in Galen’s honor is going to go well,” Carol Huelsmann said. “When things like this happen, this community comes together and they support each other.”


Galen Huelsmann Blood Drive

Jan. 14 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Aviston Elementary School

350 S. Hull Street, Aviston, Ill.


Blood collected at the Galen Huelsmann Blood Drive may help many patients, including those battling leukemia and other forms of cancer. In fact, some cancer patients require daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment.

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