Pella Chronicle

December 10, 2011

Memorial Blood Dive to be held on Dec. 30

The Chronicle

Pella — In June 2011, Megan Hoogeveen was diagnosed with Hemolytic Lymphatic Histocytosis (HLH), a condition where the body’s immune system attacks the organs.  During her courageous fight for her life, Megan used more than 200 units of blood and blood products while being treated at Blank Children’s Hospital.  Sadly, Megan was not able to overcome her illness and she passed away just a few short weeks later.  

Family and Friends of Megan are grateful for the generous blood donors who made the blood donations that helped treat Megan during her final days. They would like to encourage everyone to honor Megan on what would have been her 19th birthday by donating blood at a special memorial blood drive on Friday, December 30, 2011.  The blood drive will take place from 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Global Pavilion, 1210 Vermeer Road East in Pella.  Appointments for this blood drive are strongly encouraged.  To schedule an appointment, call 800.287.4903 or schedule online at

The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April, 2010 to become LifeServe Blood Center.  As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 90 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.  LifeServe is committed to providing premier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients.  Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health.  For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit their web page at