American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Kansas teen

April 18, 2013

Mary Grove died from heart, lung complications


OLATHE, Ks. (April 18, 2013) –Mary Grove, an 18-year-old senior at the Kansas State School for the Deaf, died earlier this year from heart and lung complications. In memory of the blood donation advocate who helped coordinate blood drives at her school, the Grove family is partnering with the American Red Cross to host the Mary Grove Memorial Blood Drive on May 2.


“She was involved with the student body council at school, and one of her jobs was to recruit blood donors for the school’s blood drives,” said Kelly Grove, Mary’s mother. “It’s a job she was very good at and one she enjoyed doing.”


When Mary was young, she required platelet transfusions to help her body overcome a problem clotting blood. Now, her mother hopes the blood drive in Mary’s memory will help others in need.


“We hope people see how important it is to donate blood, and how vital it is for the community,” said Kelly Grove.


Mary Grove Memorial Blood Drive

May 2 from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Kansas State School for the Deaf

450 E. Park, Olathe, Ks.


Blood donated at the Mary Grove Memorial Blood Drive can help many patients, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

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