Red Cross to host blood drive in Aviston, Ill. in memory of local teenager

December 30, 2013

Galen Huelsmann died in September following leukemia battle


AVISTON, Ill. (Dec. 30, 2013) – Just months after 16-year-old Galen Huelsmann died from a year-long fight with leukemia, his family and friends are joining the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in his memory.


Huelsmann was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2012, and though the cancer briefly went into remission, it returned in May 2013. Huelsmann lost his battle on Sept. 24, but his mother, Carol Huelsmann, said she wants to help others in need continue their fight.


“Galen received a lot of blood products during his treatment, and we just want to give back,” she said. “Cancer patients like him often need a lot of blood and we want to make sure it’s there.”


Galen Huelsmann Memorial Blood Drive

Jan. 13 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Aviston Elementary School

350 S. Hull St. in Aviston, Ill.


Blood collected at the Galen Huelsmann Memorial Blood Drive could help a variety of patients, including those with cancer. Some cancer patients receive daily transfusions as part of their treatment.


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.