PIONEER, OH — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 in memory of Jerry Heminger, Sr. Family members say Heminger received regular blood transfusions for five years after being diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). He died of leukemia in 2011.
“Without the American Red Cross, we would have lost my dad five years earlier,” said Heminger’s daughter, Karen Ackerman. “Our family is forever grateful and indebted for five more years of my dad’s life.”
Friends and relatives describe Heminger as a popular and respected business professional in the community. He was the owner and operator of J & R Auto Repair for 22 years, and a member of the Pioneer Chamber of Commerce. After learning of Heminger’s diagnosis, the community first pulled together for a blood drive in his honor in 2007.
“My dad was the most kind, generous person I’ve ever had the honor to know. He felt so honored and humbled to have a blood drive in his honor,” his daughter added. “He was very grateful to all those who took the time to donate.”
Donate Blood in Memory of Jerry Heminger, Sr.
Friday, August 22, 2014
12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Pioneer Area Chamber of Commerce
100 N. Elm Street in Pioneer.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.