Blood Drive Scheduled In Honor of St. Louis Teenager

April 24, 2012

LHS Senior Battles Leukemia


            High school seniors across the state are fighting ‘senioritis’ as the school year winds down, but Lindbergh High School senior Joey Renick is fighting a very real disease, and you can help him and others like him.

            Renick was originally diagnosed with a form of leukemia commonly referred to as ALL in October 1996, and requires blood transfusions as part of his treatment.  He’s not alone; many cancer patients need transfusions, sometimes daily, to help stay alive.

            An American Red Cross blood drive in Renick’s honor will be held Sunday, May 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church at 3949 Wilmington in St. Louis.

            Renick, who serves as one of the team managers of his high school’s lacrosse team and was a member of the wrestling team, has plans to one day become a physical therapist.  Blood donors can help him and many others reach their dreams by donating the gift of life, and giving patients a fighting chance.

            “You never know when someone will need blood products,” said Renick’s mother Diana Sollmann.  “We want to raise awareness about the need.”

            To schedule an appointment to donate blood at the drive on May 6, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.     



How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS 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 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