Red Cross blood drive to honor St. Louis area child

May 17, 2013

Kayla Spicer was born with a heart defect


HIGH RIDGE, Mo. (May 17, 2013) –With the smile and positive attitude of 10-year-old Kayla Spicer, you might not realize that she’s likely made more trips to the hospital than most people have. Despite those many trips, needed because of a heart defect she was born with, Kayla still looks forward to a bright future. Her family is partnering with the American Red Cross to help pave the way for that future, and the futures of other patients like Kayla, by hosting a blood drive in her honor on May 31.


Kayla’s heart defect led to gastrointestinal bleeding, which has required several blood transfusions to help correct. Her mother, Rebecca Spicer, said it’s those transfusions that have opened her eyes about the importance of donating blood. 


“I see the need for blood,” Rebecca Spicer said. “We hope to raise awareness so that other people can receive the blood they need, too.”


Kayla Spicer Blood Drive

May 31 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua

3009 High Ridge Blvd. in High Ridge, Mo.


Blood donated at the Kayla Spicer Blood Drive could help many patients, including cancer patients, accident victims, premature babies and those undergoing surgery. Donors who present to give blood between May 23 and 31 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.

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