Red Cross blood drive to commemorate Missouri teenager

August 16, 2013

Zach Cupp was killed in 2012 crash


MARCELINE, Mo. (Aug. 16, 2013) – For the second consecutive year, family and friends of Zach Cupp are asking the Marceline community to help save lives by giving blood Aug. 31 in his memory. Zach was 17 years old when he was killed in a car accident in August 2012.


Zach’s parents, Matt and Laurie Cupp, described their son as a “responsible, respected young man who was full of life.” Zach received several pints of blood during surgery after the crash, and his parents hope the blood drive in his memory inspires others to donate.


“To donate blood is a way to give back in Zach’s memory,” his parents said. “We want to help others the way others have helped us.”  


Zach Cupp Memorial Blood Drive, sponsored by Marceline Fire & Rescue and KDWD-FM

Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walsworth Community Center

124 E. Richie in Marceline, Mo.


The Red Cross has an urgent need for donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, as fewer donations than expected were given in the first half of summer. Every day donations come up short, less potentially lifesaving blood is available for patients in need.


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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.