Annual Red Cross blood drive to commemorate Marceline teenager

August 4, 2014

Zach Cupp was killed in 2012 crash


MARCELINE, Mo.  (Aug. 4, 2014) — For the third consecutive year, family and friends of Zach Cupp are joining Marceline Fire and Rescue and the American Red Cross in asking the Marceline community to help save lives by giving blood Aug. 16 in Zach’s memory. Zach was 17 years old when he was killed in a car accident in August 2012.


Zach’s parents, Matt and Laurie Cupp, described their son as a “responsible, respected young man who was full of life.” Zach received several pints of blood during surgery after the crash, and his parents hope the blood drive in his memory inspires others to donate.


“To donate blood is a way to give back in Zach’s memory,” his parents said. “We want to help others the way others have helped us.” 


                                 Zach Cupp Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, Aug. 16

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walsworth Community Center

124 E. Richie in Marceline

Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to

to schedule a blood donation appointment.


The Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time.


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 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.