Blood Drive Honors Trenton, IL Teenager

January 24, 2012

Kane Weinberg Continues Battle against Cancer 


For many 18 year olds, the biggest battle during the senior year of high school is solidifying post-graduation plans or trying to avoid the dreaded “senioritis”.  For Breese Mater Dei High School senior and Trenton, Illinois native Kane Weinberg, you can add a fight against cancer to the list.

            Weinberg was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as T-Cell ALL, in September of 2011.  Family and friends and the American Red Cross invite you to help honor Weinberg by attending a blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center at 325 S. Jefferson in Trenton.

            Weinberg, like many other cancer patients, requires blood transfusions as part of his treatment.  To date, he has received six units of blood, and may need more as his treatments continue.  More than one million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and many of them also require blood, sometimes daily, to aid in their recovery.

            “We hope to get the word out…that blood and blood products are an essential part of cancer treatment,” said Monique Weinberg, Kane’s mother.  “The blood makes a difference in Kane’s and other children’s quality of life, and for that we are thankful.”

            With the help of blood donors, the Red Cross can help Weinberg and others receive the potentially lifesaving blood they need, and assist them in their fight.  All blood types are currently needed, especially type O, which is particularly low.

            To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.



How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at