Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of Kansas City area cancer patient

April 15, 2014

Marta Smith was advocate for blood donation


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 15, 2014) — Family and friends of Marta Smith are partnering with Highlands Church of Christ and the American Red Cross to host an April 27 blood drive in Smith’s memory. Smith was a supporter of blood donation, and died in 2007 at the age of 40 following a battle with cancer.


“She believed strongly in donating blood and encouraged others to participate in blood drives,” said Delia Smith, Marta’s daughter.   


Marta Smith Memorial Blood Drive

April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highlands Church of Christ

7615 N. Platte Purchase Drive in Kansas City, Mo.


This spring, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients in need. Donors can make an appointment to give blood at the Marta Smith Memorial Blood Drive by visiting worship services at the Highlands Church of Christ, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting


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 consent 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.