Red Cross to host blood drive in honor of Kirksville area cancer patient

December 20, 2013

John Dovin was diagnosed in September 2013


KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 20, 2013) – Family and friends of a local man diagnosed with pancreatic cancer are joining the American Red Cross in inviting the Kirksville community to give blood to help patients like him. A blood drive in honor of John Dovin will be held in Kirksville on Jan. 4.


Dovin was diagnosed in September 2013 and began treatment the following month. Friend and blood drive coordinator Deanna DeVolld said Dovin’s first round of chemotherapy treatment should hopefully be coming to an end soon, but that will be followed by radiation treatment and surgery. DeVolld said she’s hopeful the blood drive in Dovin’s honor will inspire people to give blood to help cancer patients and others in need.


“I would like to see more people donate,” she said. “Donating blood is such a simple thing to do and it can help so many people.”


John Dovin Blood Drive

Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Adair County Annex Building

300 N. Franklin in Kirksville, Mo.


Blood collected at the John Dovin 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.