Blood Drive in Memory of Missouri Teenager Exceeds Goal

September 4, 2012

Over 160 Units Collected during Zach Cupp Blood Drive


An American Red Cross blood drive held in memory of a local teenager killed in an auto accident in August collected 161 units of blood Saturday, Sept. 1, exceeding its goal.  The drive was held in remembrance of Zach Cupp, a Marceline High School student who was killed in a crash on August 1.  The blood drive was sponsored by the Cupp family and the Marceline Fire Department.


Because each blood donation can help save up to three lives, 483 patients could benefit thanks to the support of local blood donors.


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


The Cupps were referencing the fact their son received several units of blood during a two hour surgery following his crash.


If you were unable to donate blood in Marceline on September 1, you can find other blood drives in your area by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting  Walk-ins are welcome at Red Cross blood drives, 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 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