“I need a destination on my bike, so I’ll ride to a Red Cross blood drive,” Kathy said.
The avid cyclist has been a Red Cross blood drive volunteer coordinator since 2001, organizing one of her first events for the organization days after 9/11 when there was an urgent need for blood.
Kathy continues to bike to blood drives around Chicago and the DePaul University campus, recruiting donors and helping collect more than 5,000 pints over the years.
“I volunteer because people out there need my help,” she said.
Story and photo by Patricia Kemp, Communications Manager, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago