St. Louis blood drive to be held in memory of Ralph Haar

December 5, 2013

Red Cross blood drive to commemorate local cancer patient


ST. LOUIS (Dec. 5, 2013) – Friends and family of Ralph Haar are joining the American Red Cross to commemorate Haar’s life and help patients in need this holiday season by hosting a blood drive in Haar’s memory on Dec. 19. Haar was 58 years old when he died of lung cancer following his diagnosis in 2012.


Haar was a sports enthusiast and quick with a joke. He was a devoted family man and a big supporter of his south city neighborhood. Like many cancer patients, Haar received blood products as part of his treatment. His niece, Claudia Barnett, said that’s one driving force behind the Ralph Haar Memorial Blood Drive.


“I recognize the blood he received allowed us to have a couple more months with him,” Barnett said. “We would like to return the gift and play a part in seeing that other patients have the blood they need.”


Ralph Haar Memorial Blood Drive

Dec. 19 from 3 to 8 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

5800 Oleatha in St. Louis


Visitors to the Ralph Haar Memorial Blood Drive will have an opportunity to visit with Fredbird ®. All blood types are needed at the drive.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code RalphHaar 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.