Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of O'Fallon, Mo. child

March 6, 2014

Hayden Barnes died in 2013 just prior to his 7th birthday


O’FALLON, Mo. (March 6, 2014) – For Hayden Barnes, life was an uphill battle from the start. Cerebral atrophy stalled his development when he was just 6 months old, and from there Hayden suffered a number of illnesses, some requiring hospitalization and surgery. He died just before turning 7 years old in January 2013, but his family and Emge Elementary School classmates are keeping his memory alive by hosting a blood drive in his name on March 20.


Despite his numerous illnesses, Hayden’s family said he always showed an unspoken courage and routinely wore a smile. He received numerous blood and platelet transfusions, but in early 2013, he developed a fungal infection that invaded his blood stream and left him critically ill. He received medication and more blood transfusions, but eventually went into septic shock and died on Jan. 16.


“One selfless act by many people made such a big impact on our family time and time again,” said Jamie Barnes, Hayden’s mother, referring to those who donated blood that helped her son. “We were able to experience more precious time with Hayden, more hope for a better outcome, and an undeniable fighting spirit.”


Following that spirit, the Hayden family and students and teachers at Emge Elementary School hope others will be inspired to help patients in need.


“Although Hayden had many challenges preventing him from typical childhood development, he was still able to touch many lives,” Jamie Barnes said. “I hope that others will come out to donate blood in his memory so they too can have the power to impact many more lives.” 

Hayden Barnes Memorial Blood Drive

March 20 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Emge Elementary School

250 Fallon Parkway in O’Fallon, Mo.


Blood donated at the Hayden Barnes Memorial Blood Drive could help a number of patients, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery. 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 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.