Blood Drive in Memory of Area Teenager

August 20, 2012

Zach Cupp Killed in Car Accident


Students at Marceline R-V High School are heading back to class for the start of a new school year, but they are doing so without one of their classmates.  Zach Cupp, who would be entering his senior year, was killed in a car accident on Aug. 1.  Classmates and the Marceline community will be able to say goodbye to Cupp, and help others in need, by donating blood at an American Red Cross blood drive held in his memory on September 1.


Eligible blood donors can honor Cupp’s memory by donating blood with the Red Cross on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Walsworth Community Center, at 123 E. Richie in Marceline, MO.  The drive is sponsored by the Cupp family and the Marceline Fire Department.


Cupp was 17 years old and a three sport athlete at Marceline High School.  His parents, Matt and Laurie Cupp, described him as a “responsible, respected young man who was full of life with a contagious smile.” 


They also added that Zach “was always willing to help others.”


Zach received several units of blood during a two hour surgery following the crash, and now family and friends hope Zach’s spirit of giving can live on, and community members can answer the call to donate blood. 


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


If you’d like to donate blood at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline on September 1, you can make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting  Walk-ins are also welcome, though appointments are preferred.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. 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 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at