Annual Red Cross blood drive to honor Kansas City-area crash victim

August 12, 2014

Kansas City native Rebecca Egender was critically hurt in 2009 crash


KANSAS CITY, Mo.  (Aug. 12, 2014) — A Kansas City native with dreams of making it on the silver screen in Los Angeles almost never got the chance after a car accident in 2009 nearly claimed her life. Now, 33-year-old Rebecca Egender and the American Red Cross invite the community to donate blood to help save lives of patients in need.


In Los Angeles on May 31, 2009, Egender’s car was hit by a vehicle that had run a red light. Due to the extent of her injuries, Egender’s family was told she likely would not survive, and if she did, she would be paralyzed.


“I had several blood transfusions, two surgeries to install a stent in my aorta, a chest tube inserted, 13 broken bones - including 7 fractures in my pelvis - as well as liver, kidney, and spleen damage,” Egender said.


One of Egender’s surgeries could not begin until the hospital had enough blood on hand, and Egender said while she was waiting, a thought began to grow in her mind.


“It came to me: as a way of expressing gratitude to those who donated the blood that kept me alive and in an attempt to keep others from having to experience this terrifying waiting period before going into surgery, I would host an annual blood drive.”


                                Third annual Rebecca Egender Blood Drive

Sunday, Aug. 24

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Archbishop O’Hara High School

9001 James A. Reed Road in Kansas City

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.