American Red Cross blood drive honors famous athlete, coach

December 3, 2012

Ray Cliffe battling leukemia


SAINT LOUIS (Dec. 3, 2012) – The St. Louis community is invited to show its support for local sports hero Ray Cliffe and other patients in need during an American Red Cross blood drive in Cliffe’s honor on Dec. 10.


The Red Cross and Cliffe’s friends and family will host the Ray Cliffe Honorary Blood Drive in St. Louis. After previously winning a battle with cancer, Cliffe is now undergoing treatments following a leukemia diagnosis earlier this year.


Cliffe, a graduate of Cleveland High School in St. Louis, is probably best known for his work in the St. Louis public school system, where he taught and coached for more than 40 years. He was also an athlete himself, earning all-district honors in high school in 1942 and playing on the University of Missouri Tigers football team that competed in the 1946 Cotton Bowl.


Cliffe also spent many years as an umpire and official, spending 15 years as a Missouri state high school official observer in football and basketball, and 14 years as a conference observer with the St. Louis Billikens. His officiating career earned him an induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.


Ray Cliffe Honorary Blood Drive

Dec. 10 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Royal Orleans Ballroom

2801 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, Mo.


Blood collected at the Ray Cliffe Honorary 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