Local Man Celebrates Blood Donation Milestone

May 31, 2011


Ben Schaper Jr. Gives 102nd Donation May 17


(St. Louis, MO. May 27, 2011)

Following in the footsteps of his father, Ben Schaper Jr. (seen right with Red Cross employee) donated blood for the 102nd time May 17 at Vatterott College in Sunset Hills.  Schaper, an electrical engineer instructor at the college, gave his first unit of blood while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. 


Schaper credits his father, who was denied military service during WWII because of a heart problem, with instilling in him the desire to give blood.  “Dad said ‘they (the military) won’t take me, but I bet they’ll take my blood;”, Schaper says.  “They did take his blood, and he began donating every two months.”


Schaper also began donating multiple times per year, and says before he knew it he had given 100 pints. 


“I spent almost 42 years of combined service in the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and as an Individual Mobile Augmentee, all in honor of my dad,” Schaper says.  “And in his honor, I also continued giving blood.” 



How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. 


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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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