Annual blood drive in memory of Uhl sisters

October 22, 2012

Sisters killed in 2007 car accident


<COLLINSVILLE, Ill.  Oct. 22, 2012> -- A deadly car crash involving two teenage girls and an Illinois State Trooper that grabbed media headlines nearly five years ago is now the driving force behind an event that could help save more than 70 lives.


On Nov. 23, 2007, Jessica Uhl, 18, and her sister Kelli, 13, were driving home from a family gathering when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by an Illinois State Highway Patrol vehicle.  The two girls were killed in the crash.  As the fifth anniversary of that horrific accident approaches, the girls’ mother, Kim Schlau, and the Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Foundation hope to raise awareness and collect blood donations to help others in need.


The American Red Cross and the Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Foundation invite the Collinsville community to honor the girls at the fifth annual Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Blood Drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Collinsville Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville, Ill.


“We hold these blood drives to give back to the community and to keep working towards our mission of doing good things in memory of Jessica and Kelli,” said Schlau.


Donors of all blood types are encouraged to attend, and the support is appreciated.


“For first time donors or repeat donors, I say ‘thank you’ for your support,” said Schlau.  “Donating blood is a small contribution, but it can help save so many lives.”


The Jessica and Kelli Uhl Memorial Foundation has scholarship opportunities available to Collinsville High School students interested in pursuing a major in Public Relations at Southern Illinois University -Edwardsville.  For more information, visit