Annual Blood Drive in Memory of Stefani Lorton

September 17, 2012

Teenager Died Following 2005 Car Accident


<Kirksville, Mo.> -- The American Red Cross invites the Kirksville community to pay tribute to a local teenager who lost her life, and can do so by helping give life to others by donating blood on Oct. 1, 2012.


The Red Cross, blood drive organizers and blood drive sponsor Highland Crest Assisted Living by Americare, invite everyone to attend the eighth annual Stefani Lorton Memorial Blood Drive on Oct. 1 from 1 to 6 p.m. on the Red Cross donor coach at 2204 S. Halliburton, Kirksville, Mo.  


In 2005, 19-year-old Stefani died from injuries suffered in a car accident.  While blood transfusions could not ultimately save her life, they did help keep her alive long enough that her organs could be donated to other hospital patients in need. 


Before her death, Stefani was a regular blood donor.  Her mother, Karen Lorton, cited this as one reason the family chose to host a memorial blood drive.


“Stefani was a donor, and her motto was, ‘if you can give, you should give,’” Karen said.


With the blood drive now in its eighth year, Karen said the support from neighbors, friends and the community has been tremendous.


“We have received a lot of community support.  We have tons of recurring donors,” she said, referring to the blood donors who visit the drive each year.


But those familiar faces aren’t the only ones welcome at this memorial blood drive.


“Whether you knew Stefani or not, we hope you come out and donate for a good cause,” said Karen.


Blood collected at the Stefani Lorton blood drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross.  Blood supplies are still low following the summer months, and all blood types are needed.  Make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or online at and entering sponsor code: HighlandCrest. 


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 more than 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