Granton 2022
Sweet 16 Blood Drive
a Success

Caleb Schoessow Blood Donation

A Versiti Blood Center worker preps Caleb Schoessow’s arm for his first blood donation.
Caleb and his sister Abby hosted a blood drive in Granton for their 16th birthday, with 55 units of blood collected.
 Submitted photo  

Twins Caleb and Abby Schoessow of Granton recently hosted a blood drive with Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin to help combat the national blood crisis, and by all accounts it was a great success. The Schoessows held their Sweet 16 at Granton’s Zion Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) on March 28 in honor of their 16th birthday. In their words, “There is no better birthday gift than saving someone’s life.”

One unit of blood can save up to three lives. The twins had a goal of collecting 32 units of blook, which could help save almost 100 lives. Due to their recruitment efforts from friends, family and the community, almost 60 people came to donate blood, including 32 first-time donors. The twins surpassed their goal by 23 units and were able to bank 55 units of blood. The 55 units included 41 whole blood donations (123 blood products) and seven dual red donations (14 cell products), for a total 137 blood products to be used to provide lifesaving care to patients in central Wisconsin.

Caleb and Abby were appreciative to everyone who showed up to help save lives in their community.

“Today was truly overwhelming, in a good way, because we had so many people who came out to donate blood,” said Abby.

“Just think about all the families that can be positively affected because they came out and rolled up their sleeves to help out someone else. And it was easier to donate than I thought,” Caleb said.

Upcoming blood drives

The next Versiti community blood drive is scheduled for April 13 at Neillsville High School from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will also be a drive June 22 at Zion Lutheran Church in Granton from 12 – 5 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged. You can schedule an appointment by visiting, clicking the “Donate Blood” button at the top and following the prompts, or call 1-877-232-4376 (Be A Hero).


Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

April 13, 2022

Transcribed by Dolores M. Kenyon, April 13, 2022.

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, April 15, 2022. 

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