Granton- Schoessow Twins Announce Blood Drive
3rd Annual-2024

Caleb and Abby Schoessow 2024 

Caleb and Abby Schoessow will hold their third annual Birthday Blood Drive
March 27, 2024, from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Granton High School.   

 Submitted photo  

Central Wisconsin continues to face a shortage of blood and two Granton teens want to help combat this national shortage.

To help combat this life-threatening issue, Caleb and Abby Schoessow are holding their third annual Birthday Blood Drive on March 27, 2024, from 12:30–5:30 p.m. at Granton Area Schools because, in their words, “there is no better birthday gift than saving someone’s life.”  

The twins have a goal of collecting 80 units of blood, which would impact over 240 people’s lives. The Schoessow twins are partnering with the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin, the sole supplier to the Marshfield Medical Center as well as over 50 hospitals in Wisconsin.

If an individual has been deferred from donating blood in the past, “chances are good” that person can start donating blood again.

Anyone over 16 years of age and weighing at least 110 lbs. and who are in “good health” can donate. Caleb and Abby Schoessow are giving out presents to the oldest and youngest blood donors as a show of appreciation.

All types of blood are needed, especially types O positive and O negative, as well as platelet donations, to help reverse this national blood crisis.

Caleb and Abby Schoessow, seniors in the Granton Area School District, have personal reasons for wanting to hold their third annual Birthday Blood Drive. Several years ago, the twins’ mother had breast cancer and went through years of treatment and needed a blood transfusion a few years ago.

“My family has always been a big proponent of giving back to the community,” Caleb Schoessow said. “During the last two years, we have collected over 120 units of blood, and that means 360 individuals have been impacted by our efforts.

“I personally saw the impact a blood transfusion made on my mother’s life, and it helped bring her back home to us. I don’t want other kids to go without a parent because they couldn’t get the blood they need to live and thrive.”  

Abby Schoessow was interested in hosting the blood drive because she was born with a rare disease and required several surgeries during her toddler years.

“My parents sometimes talk about my surgeries and how extensive they were,” Abby Schoessow said. “I sometimes think of children and adults who desperately need blood and I want to do everything I can to save someone’s life.”

Abby Schoessow, who also wants to go into the medical field after graduation, knows about the importance of having an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  

“There is nothing greater you can give someone than the gift of life,” Abby Schoessow said. “To have people donating lifesaving blood is humanitarian and essential.”

The Schoessows will all donate blood to help meet their goal of 80 units of blood. Afterwards, Caleb and Abby Schoessow will help the day of the blood drive by passing out drinks and cookies.

“I’m going to make brownies to give out to the people who donate blood!” Nathan Schoessow said. Nathan Schoessow is the twins’ 12 year old brother.

A blood donor card or driver’s license are required at check-in. If a perspective donator is Amish, and does not have a picture ID, two documents with the person’s name and address can be brought in.

Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are encouraged.

To register for Caleb and Abby Schoessow’s Birthday Blood Drive, call 877-232-4376 or visit at grantongives.

If a perspective donator cannot find a time slot that meets their needs, reach out to Courtney Schoessow at 715-937-0856.  


Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

March 6, 2024

Transcribed by Dolores M. Kenyon, March 7, 2024.

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, March 8, 2024. 

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