Blood drive to be held in memory of Missouri residents

October 22, 2013

Christopher Cooper, Sondra Cunningham killed in separate crashes


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (Oct. 22, 2013) – Two area residents who died after being struck by cars 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. 2.


In November 2007, the 17-year-old Cooper was crossing the street on his bike when he was struck by a vehicle 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, the 23-year-old Cunningham was struck and killed along the same stretch of road by a car driven by a drunk driver. Christopher’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.”


Christopher Cooper and Sondra Cunningham Memorial Blood Drive

Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Walnut Park Community of Christ Church

1137 S. Pearl in Independence, Mo.


Donors of all blood types are welcome at the blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are preferred.


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 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.