Annual blood drive to be held in honor of Ashley Mayer

October 25, 2013

Local child continues battle with leukemia


KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 25, 2013) – Ashley Mayer was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, at the age of 13. Now 17, Mayer continues her fight, and also continues to join family and friends in encouraging eligible blood donors to give the gift of life. Donors will have that opportunity on Nov. 9 at the fourth annual Friends of Ashley Mayer Blood Drive in Kirksville.


“Before her diagnosis, we weren’t aware of what blood donations meant to people who were sick. We thought blood was mainly needed for victims of accidents, people who were hurt,” said Carla Mayer, Ashley’s mother.


Blood is used by a variety of patients, including accident victims and cancer patients. In fact, as the Mayers learned firsthand, some cancer patients may receive daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment.


“We’ve decided to use her experience to encourage others to donate blood,” Carla Mayer said. “I don’t think people realize how significant blood donation can be.”


Friends of Ashley Mayer Blood Drive

Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Adair County Annex Building

300 N. Franklin in Kirksville, Mo.


The need for blood is constant, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. All blood types are needed at the Friends of Ashley Mayer Blood Drive and other Red Cross blood drives.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code FriendsofAshleyMayer 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.