Consider donating at 'A Pint for Kim' event May 13
The fourth annual "A Pint For Kim" blood drive will be held in a new location this year. The event is expected to be largest blood drive in the state.
They are expecting close to 800 pints of blood, saving up to 2,400 lives, all in honor of mom who lost her battle with cancer.
It will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.
"A Pint For Kim" was created in 2020 when a Naperville mom, Kimberley Benedyk Sandford, who had terminal cancer asked that her family hold a blood drive in lieu of a wake.
That blood drive set the state record for one-location, one-day blood drive with over 500 donors showing up to help carry on Kim's desire to turn her suffering into positive change.
Kim needed over 40 blood transfusions during her final months of treatment, and this is when she and her family learned that the largest use of donated blood goes to cancer patients to help them remain strong enough to continue their battles.
While previously held at a private airport hangar at J.A. Air Center, this year's event will be held at Naperville North High School where both of her boys now attend.
A Pint for Kim hopes to break their own state record this year and have their sights set on the national record in the coming years.
They do not try to raise money, just awareness.
In addition to the blood drive, the day is full of free family fun including live bands, a car show with over $30 million in cars, food trucks, yard games, face painting and a free raffle with over $30,000 in prizes.
To learn more, visit www.apintforkim.com or www.facebook.com/APintForKim.
The organization is also seeking sponsors and raffle items. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsorship.
Walk-ins are welcome but to sign up for a time to donate in advance, visit donate.illinois.versiti.org.