American Red Cross to host blood drive in honor of Colonel Stanley Bergan

October 9, 2012

LeROY, Minn. – Mower County residents will have the opportunity to honor Colonel Stan Bergan at an American Red Cross blood drive being held on Oct. 31, 2012 at the LeRoy Community Center. Stan Bergan died in 2011 after complications following a liver transplant. His wife, Sharon Bergan, long-time Red Cross volunteer and blood drive coordinator for nearly 18 years, invites others to give the gift of life in honor of her husband and patients in need of lifesaving blood.

Blood drive in honor of Colonel Stanley Bergan
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LeRoy Community Center
204 W Main St, Le Roy, Minn.

A devoted family man who loved his three young granddaughters, Stan Bergan was also a dedicated farmer and had a successful military career. He was a picture of health until he was diagnosed in 2005, with autoimmune hepatitis which causes cirrhosis of the liver. “The doctors were amazed that he was so sick on the inside and looked so good on the outside,” said Sharon Bergan. “However, following several additional health issues caused by the liver not functioning properly, the doctors determined that Stan needed a liver transplant.”

“Stan’s body was taking toll but we had hope. He had even planted corn in early May. After his surgery we were hoping to return home to the farm; we were hoping for a miracle. But, instead of a planning a homecoming we had to plan his funeral,” said Sharon Bergan.

During his liver transplant surgery, Stan received more than 200 units of blood. “I will never be able to make up for the blood that Stan received, but I will continue to donate as long as I can. I’m so grateful for the people that give blood because it makes a difference in so many lives,” said Sharon Bergan.

October is National Liver Awareness Month, designed to build awareness that approximately 17,000 patients are awaiting liver transplants and to encourage blood donors to donate, as many organ transplant recipients require several blood transfusions during surgery.

“Stan would have been very happy to know that people were donating blood in his honor.  He felt it was important to give back to others in need. Although he was unable to donate his organs when he passed, he was able to donate his eyes so that someone without sight would be able see again,” added Sharon Bergan.

Currently all blood types are needed, especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative, in order to meet patient demand. In the hour it takes to donate blood, you can give someone an opportunity to spend more time with their loved ones.

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
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