Blood Drive Held Thursday in Memory of SPASH Grad

Family of a 2012 SPASH graduate and frequent blood donor, are holding a blood donation drive Thursday in his memory.

Jasper O’Keefe passed away in 2012 in a drowning accident.

A blood drive is held at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 1709 Wyatt Ave., in Stevens Point. The blood drive runs until 5:30 p.m.

“Giving blood is an easy way to help save a life and Jasper was the first to lend a hand to someone in need,” said Nancy Nowak, O’Keefe’s grandmother and volunteer blood drive coordinator. “By donating in my grandson’s honor, we can help turn a tragedy into something positive. Help celebrate the life of Jasper by giving someone a chance 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 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.

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