Turning heartbreak into hope: A mother and father keep their daughter's memory alive by urging others to give the gift of life

October 9, 2014

Special blood drive held in memory of Reigna Shearer

ELMIRA, NY— Reigna Shearer would have turned 26 years old this month. But, instead of a birthday celebration, Reigna’s parents are celebrating their daughter’s life by holding a blood drive in her memory on Saturday, October 18, at Arnot Mall at 3300 Chambers Road in Horseheads.

Reigna Shearer was passionate about helping people. From a very young age, she volunteered her time with numerous organizations and even when she passed away, she was thinking of others. Reigna had dreams of becoming a registered nurse and was planning to enroll in a nursing program, when her dreams were cut short. Reigna suffered complications from a surgery in 2012. Before she passed away, Reigna told a close friend that she wanted to become a blood donor—something her parents have never forgotten.

 "We were blessed to have our daughter, Reigna, for 24 years. She touched more lives than many people three times her age. Our daughter was a leader, motivator, altruistic and had many talents. We miss her dearly,” said Celeste and Eric Shearer. “Reigna believed in paying it forward and helping others in need. We want to embrace who she was as a person, thus the idea for this blood drive was born to celebrate the gift of life.”

Now, Reigna’s parents are giving back by turning their heartbreak into hope for other families in need.

Donate blood in memory of Reigna Shearer

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Arnot Mall

3300 Chambers Road, Horseheads

To make an appointment to donate, download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.