Red Cross blood drive to honor Missouri woman

September 6, 2013

Frances Beine continues battle with cancer


FLORISSANT, Mo. (Sept. 6, 2013) – Frances Beine is still engaged in a fight with cancer, a fight doctors assumed she would have lost shortly after her initial diagnosis in 2011. In honor of her fight and the many volunteer blood donors who have helped make her survival possible, Beine’s daughter, Lisa Avenevoli, and the offices of Steve Robbins, Certified Financial Planner Professionals, are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive to help save lives.


“Prior to mom’s diagnosis, I had given blood maybe a handful of times in my lifetime,” Avenevoli said. “I didn’t realize how important it was.”


As part of her treatment, which has included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, Beine has received several pints of blood. While doctors have told Beine that chemotherapy and blood transfusions are no longer an option, her daughter knows blood can still be used to help other patients in need.


“Mom wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the blood she received,” she said. “I want to raise that awareness to help others.”    


Frances Beine Blood Drive

Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the offices of Steve Robbins, CFP ®

325 Rue Saint Francois in Florissant, 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 and enter sponsor code: STEVEROBBINS 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.