Red Cross blood drive to honor mid-Missouri cancer patient

April 23, 2014

                                                                     Kim Boessen was diagnosed with leukemia in January          


META, Mo. (April 23, 2014) — Kim Boessen is a devoted mother who lends a hand in her community whenever asked. Now, she’s asking for support as she battles leukemia. Boessen and friends are joining the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in Meta to help patients in need.


Boessen has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy and endured hospital stays locally and in St. Louis. She’s received numerous blood and platelet transfusions since her treatment began earlier this year.


“Not only has blood helped save my life, but we want to make sure it’s available to help others, as well,” Boessen said.


Kim Boessen Blood Drive

May 6 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Citizens Civic League

301 Olive St. in Meta, Mo.


All blood types are needed at the Kim Boessen Blood Drive to help the Red Cross maintain adequate supplies throughout the spring.


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.