Red Cross blood drive to be held in Olathe in memory of Kenneth Swartley

April 9, 2014

Swartley was a lifelong blood donor


OLATHE, Kan. (April 9, 2014) – Kenneth Swartley was an avid blood donor who instilled in his children the importance of giving blood. With that spirit in mind, Kenneth’s daughter Kathy Swartley, the Olathe Public Library and the American Red Cross are partnering to host a blood drive in Kenneth’s memory on April 23, the 19th anniversary of his death.


Kenneth was Air Traffic Controller at the Air Route Traffic Control Center. He taught his children about caring for others and lending a helping hand when called upon.


“He never met a stranger and he was the first one to step up to help if someone was in need,” Kathy said.


He was a lifelong blood donor who accompanied Kathy on her first blood donation when she was a teenager. She now donates regularly and remembers the lessons her parents taught her while growing up.


“I may not be a superhero, but with every donation, I know I’m a hero to someone,” Kathy said.

Kenneth Swartley Memorial Blood Drive

April 23 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Olathe Public Library Indian Creek Branch

12990 S. Black Bob Road in Olathe, Kan.


Heroes like Kenneth and Kathy are needed to help the Red Cross ensure blood supplies are available to 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 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.