Donate in Honor of San Bruno Fire Victim

October 5, 2010

Joseph Ruigomez, 19, was severely burned on September 9th as he attempted to rescue his girlfriend from his home during the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion and fire.  In the next one to two years, Ruigomez will need several surgeries, during which he will most likely need blood.

Ruigomez, a lifelong fisherman, is a well-known forum moderator on, a fishing website.  Known as Panfish Popper, he joined the group when he was just 13 years old. After learning about the struggle Ruigomez has ahead of him, users of the website from across the country felt frustrated not being able to help their friend. Quickly, several members expressed a desire to donate blood in his honor – feeling this was something positive they could do to support their friend.
The American Red Cross and are inviting the public to join in the donations in honor of Joseph Ruigomez. People are asked to report their donations at, and representatives from the website will inform Ruigomez of the blood being given in his honor.  The American Red Cross also has “Thinking of You” cards for donors to sign.  The cards will be sent to Ruigomez via his family.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment. You can also make an appointment online.
About the American Red Cross:
The Northern California Blood Services Region of the Red Cross supplies blood to more than 30 Bay Area hospitals, and needs to collect approximately 350 units of blood each day in order to meet hospital needs.