Rock On With Z99 and Culver’s At Annual Rock N’ Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drives

August 26, 2011

Eligible area blood donors are encouraged to give and groove at the Annual American Red Cross Rock N’ Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drives with Z99 September 6 – 9. All presenting blood donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s Frozen Custard, and Z99 will broadcast live from all Rock N’ Roll drive sites throughout the week, treating donors to the best Top-40 music.

“As many people return from the long Labor Day weekend and become occupied with back to school activities, the first weeks of September are particularly challenging for collecting blood,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “The Rock N’ Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drives are critical to maintaining adequate blood supplies for patients.”

Tad Voges, a local teen, knows all too well the importance of having an adequate blood supply available for patients.  A week after his 19th birthday, South Central College freshman and friends were enjoying a bonfire when the unthinkable happened. As one of Tad’s friends poured an accelerant onto the fire, the can exploded and fell into Tad’s lap severely burning more than 40 percent of his body.

As Tad recovered over the course of several months, he had eight skin graft surgeries and required many blood transfusions. Tad hopes his story will encourage others to give to those in need at the Rock N’ Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drives.  “It’s awesome to think that people donate blood just because they know someone is in need. You never know when you or a loved one will be the patient needing blood,” he said. 

Mankato resident Kristen Thomas’ two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Amayha, was born without a right pulmonary artery. To correct the abnormality, Amayha underwent numerous open heart surgeries requiring more than 30 blood transfusions, and more operations are expected in her future.    

“This is a very rare congenital heart defect that only 10 children have been born with, so the doctors are not sure how many surgeries she will require as her small body continues to grow or what the next step will be,” said Kristen. “But Amayha only knows life one way – defined by what she can do, not what she can’t do. We will do what it takes to keep Amayha with us.” 

Kristen works for Lasting Imprint, a local non-profit organization that helps raise awareness about congenital heart defects within the community as well as provide support to families affected by congenital heart defects throughout the state of Minnesota.  “Blood donation is so important to children undergoing surgeries, like Amayha,” said Kristen. Without donors my child or somebody else’s may not make it. I am so grateful for those people that have donated blood to help save my daughter’s life,” she added.

Tad and Amayha’s stories are very different, but the need for blood remains the same.  The Red Cross needs blood donors – now more than ever – to roll up a sleeve and give blood. All types are needed, but especially O negative, B negative and A negative.

Rock N’ Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive locations and hours

Tuesday, September 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Culver’s, 1856 Madison Avenue, Mankato
Wednesday, September 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Culver’s 1856 Madison Avenue, Mankato
Wednesday, September 7, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Avenue, Mankato
Thursday, September 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Culver’s, 1680 Commerce Drive, North Mankato
Thursday, September 8, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Avenue, Mankato
Friday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Avenue, Mankato

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

About Three Eagles / Z99

Three Eagles Communications, Inc. was formed in 1994 by Rolland C. Johnson for the purpose of acquiring small to medium size radio operations in the Midwest and West. With its first acquisition in 1996, TEC has since grown to 51 radio stations (including its September 1, 2007 purchase) in four Midwestern states - Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  Area radio stations include: Z99 (KEEZ), Country 103.5 (KYSM), 105.5 The River (KRBI) and 95.7 The Blaze (KQYK).