Red Cross blood drive in Union, Mo. to be held in memory of Tom Schmittgens

March 21, 2014

Schmittgens died in 2013 after 10 year cancer battle


UNION, Mo. (March 21, 2014) – Friends and family of Tom Schmittgens invite the local community to donate blood April 5 in memory of the man who fought cancer for 10 years before succumbing in October 2013. Schmittgens was a 10-year breast cancer survivor and an eight-year survivor of thyroid cancer before being diagnosed with brain cancer and a lung tumor in June 2013. He died after three months of radiation treatments and chemotherapy, and had received blood transfusions as part of his treatment.


Kevin Schmittgens, Tom’s brother and pastor at St. Joseph Neier Catholic Church, said when Tom was able to donate blood, he did so regularly. The blood drive in Tom’s memory is one way of keeping his giving spirit alive.


“Donating blood is a simple thing to do but an important thing,” Father Kevin Schmittgens said.


Tom Schmittgens Memorial Blood Drive

April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Neier Catholic Church

2401 Neier Road in Union, Mo.


Blood donated at the Tom Schmittgens Memorial Blood Drive will help patients in need of blood, including cancer patients, accident victims and others.


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.