Blood drive in memory of Zach Cupp set for July 31 in Marceline

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is partnering with Marceline Fire and Rescue and family and friends of Zach Cupp to host a blood drive in Cupp’s memory for the 10th consecutive year. Blood donations will be accepted at the Walsworth Community Center of Marceline July 31st from 8 to 3 o’clock.

Cupp died as the result of a vehicle accident in August 2012. He received several pints of blood during surgery after the crash.

His parents, Matt and Laurie Cupp, have organized the annual blood drive as a way to give back to the community. Nearly 1,050 units of blood have been donated in the last nine years, including 191 donations at last year’s drive.

Appointments for the blood drive July 31st can be made by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-733-2767. Enter or mention sponsor code MarcelineFireDept. Appointments can also be made by enabling the blood donor skill on any Alexa Echo device.

The Red Cross reports it is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants, and elective surgeries rise. Anyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a Saint Louis Cardinals t-shirt while supplies last, will receive a $10 Amazon gift card code, and will be entered to win free gas for a year.

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Jennifer Thies

Jennifer’s interest in radio began at a young age. She started as a news reporter at KTTN in January 2017, but previously worked almost a year and a half as an on-air announcer and with news at the NPR affiliate KXCV/KRNW, which serves Northwest Missouri. Jennifer was born and raised in St. Joseph, Missouri. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media: Broadcast Production with an Emphasis in Audio Production from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.