Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of Pacific-area teen

May 20, 2013

Dawson Cutler died of brain cancer in 2012


PACIFIC, Mo. (May 20, 2013) – Dawson Cutler died in September 2012, less than one year after the 13-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer. While he did not have enough time to cross off all the items on his bucket list, he was able to enjoy some wish-list activities before his passing. Now, his family and a foundation set up in his memory want to give other patients that same opportunity.


Dawson’s family and the Dawson’s Dream Foundation are joining the American Red Cross to host a blood drive June 3 in memory of Dawson. Dawson’s mother, Rachael Jones, said the blood drive is intended to help other patients in need.


“Without blood drives, hospitals wouldn’t be able to receive the blood that’s needed for cancer patients and others,” Jones said. “Dawson was a very giving child and always more concerned about others. This is something he would want.”


Dawson’s Dream Family and Friends Blood Drive

June 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. at New Beginnings Lutheran Church

791 New Beginnings Drive, Pacific, Mo.


Blood collected at the Dawson’s Dream Family and Friends Blood Drive could help many patients, including those with cancer. More information about Dawson and the Dawson’s Dream Foundation can be found at

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 join our blog at