Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of former Edgar Road Elementary student

September 25, 2013

Julia Winkler died from brain cancer in 2012


WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (Sept. 25, 2013) – Students and staff at Edgar Road Elementary School in Webster Groves are joining the American Red Cross in honoring the memory of a former student and classmate who died from an aggressive form of brain cancer. Nine-year-old Julia Winkler died in February 2012 in her hometown in Louisiana.


Julia’s family moved to the Webster Groves area in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. Julia attended Edgar Road Elementary until 2011, when her family moved back home.


School officials described Julia as a well-liked student among her peers and said the blood drive is intended as a way for friends and staff to remember her.


Julia Winkler Memorial Blood Drive

Oct. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Edgar Road Elementary School

1131 Edgar Road in Webster Groves, Mo.


Blood collected at the Julia Winkler Memorial Blood Drive may help cancer patients, accident victims and other patients in need. All blood types are needed. 


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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.