Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of local veteran and artist

February 27, 2014


ST. CHARLES, Mo. (Feb. 27, 2014) –  The American Red Cross is joining friends and family of Ronnie Spires, a local artist and Vietnam war veteran, to host a blood drive in his memory on March 8. The 61-year old Spires died in 2011 after a battle with prostate cancer.


Spires received several blood transfusions following his cancer diagnosis and a previous stroke, and daughter Ashley Spires –Cheeseborgh says it’s with that in mind that the family is hosting the memorial blood drive. 


“I think of all the people who had donated the blood he received and I thought this would be a great way to honor him and help others in his name,” she said.


The blood drive could help many patients in need, including cancer patients, some of whom require daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment.


Ronnie Spires Memorial Blood Drive

March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kisker Road Library

1000 Kisker Road in St. Charles, Mo.


The Ronnie Spires Memorial Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross, as severe winter weather has forced the cancellation of nearly 1,500 blood drives nationwide, resulting in about 50,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative.


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.