American Red Cross to host blood drive in memory of Missouri teen

November 28, 2012

Zack Fennewald died in April 2012


LADDONIA, Mo. (Nov. 28, 2012) – Zack Fennewald, described as a class clown and doting older brother, will be remembered by family and friends at an American Red Cross blood drive in his memory.


The Red Cross and the family of Zack Fennewald will host the Zack Fennewald Memorial Blood Drive on Dec. 12 in Laddonia, Mo. Fennewald was 16 when he died this past spring after suffering a seizure from viral meningitis.


His mother, Patty Fennewald, said Zack’s good-natured spirit will always be remembered. “Talking with his friends and classmates, everyone remembers how fun Zack was,” Patty Fennewald said. “He was the class clown. At home, he was great with his sister. He even taught her how to say ‘Zack is awesome.’”


Zack Fennewald was an organ donor, and his mother said the blood drive in his memory can inspire others to follow his lead and help others.


“This blood drive is a chance for Zack’s classmates to say goodbye to him, but also another way to give back,” Patty Fennewald said.


Zack Fennewald Memorial Blood Drive

Dec. 12 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Community R-VI Schools, 35063 Highway BB, Laddonia, Mo.


Blood collected at the Zack Fennewald Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood supplies are needed during the holiday season when donations typically decline.  

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