Annual Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of Independence residents

October 27, 2014

Christopher Cooper, Sondra Cunningham killed in separate crashes


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (Oct. 27, 2014) — Two area residents who died in separate crashes nearly one year apart are being honored by family, friends and the American Red Cross with a blood drive in their memories.


The families of Christopher Cooper and Sondra Cunningham join the Red Cross in inviting the Independence community to honor Cooper and Cunningham by giving blood in their memory on Nov. 8.


In November 2007, 17-year-old Cooper was crossing the street on his bike when he was struck by a vehicle driven by an impaired driver that was being pursued by local police. Cooper suffered massive blood loss and later died at the hospital. Almost one year later, in October 2008, 23-year-old Cunningham was a passenger in a car in which the driver lost control and hit a light pole, causing her death.


Cooper’s mother, Cheryl Cooper, said the blood drive in memory of the two is one way of helping others.


“I can’t save my child anymore, but maybe I can help save someone else’s,” she said. “I want there to be blood available to everyone who needs it.”


Donate Blood in Memory of Christopher Cooper and Sondra Cunningham

Saturday, Nov. 8

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cornerstone Community Church of Christ

1316 S. Osage St. in Independence

To make an appointment to donate, visit


Blood donated at the blood drive can help many patients, including accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies and others.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent 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.