Farmington liver disease patient honored through American Red Cross blood drive

December 3, 2012

Support Carol Will and family on Dec. 11


FARMINGTON, Mo. (Dec. 3, 2012) – The family of Carol Will joins Parkland Health Center in inviting the community to donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive honoring a local volunteer fighting liver disease.


The Red Cross, Will’s family and Parkland Health Center will host the Carol Will Honorary Blood Drive in Farmington on Dec. 11. Will has received nearly 70 pints of blood as part of her treatment for liver disease.


Will, who turned 60 years old in November, has worked and volunteered for BJC Facilities and Parkland Health Center for more than 20 years. She also recently began volunteering for the local Meals on Wheels program.


Her daughter, Denise Vandiver, said the blood drive in Will’s honor is a way for the family to “give back” the gift of blood donation Will has received.


“The blood was available when my mom needed it, and we feel like it’s our duty to help make sure it’s available for someone else, as well,” Vandiver said.


Carol Will Honorary Blood Drive

Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Red Cross Donor Coach at Parkland Health Center

1101 West Liberty, Farmington, Mo.


Blood collected at the Carol Will Honorary Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood donations are needed during the holiday season when donations typically decline. 

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 join our blog at