July 11, 2019


ThedaCare and The Community Blood Center Team Up for Lisa Gerrits Memorial Blood Drive

WAUPACA, Wis. – Those who knew Lisa Gerrits remember her as a generous person, always putting the needs of others ahead of her own. In her memory, a memorial blood drive has been created, set to take place this summer.

Lisa Gerrits was an avid blood donor. She had a personal goal to donate a specific number of units of blood in her lifetime. After an illness, her health declined to the point that she could no longer donate. In 2018, a blood drive took place in her honor and all the donations from the day counted toward her goal, which was met and surpassed. She was presented with a plaque marking her donation achievement.

Sadly, Lisa Gerrits passed away in August 2018. Her family and friends continue to remember her generosity.

“Lisa was a selfless person, always thinking of others,” said Jane Shea, the ThedaCare Hospice Volunteer Coordinator and Lisa’s friend. “Hosting the blood drive last year and donating on her behalf was a way that we could continue her kindness.”  

The Community Blood Center will be holding another blood drive this summer to honor Lisa. The public is invited to attend and donate.

Lisa Gerrits Memorial Blood Drive

Friday, July 19, 2019

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

950 Park Ave. Waupaca, WI 54981

The ThedaCare Family of Foundations Hopes and Dreams program is providing snacks and water during the blood drive. Through the generosity of donors, the Hopes and Dreams program supports hospice patients and their families. To help support continued financial needs, you can make a gift online at or send contributions to ThedaCare Family of Foundations, 1818 N. Meade Street, Appleton, WI 54911. 

About ThedaCare

For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast and Central Wisconsin. The organization serves a community of more than 600,000 residents and employs more than 6,700 healthcare professionals throughout the regions. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 31 clinics in nine counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service.