From 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) and the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) will host a blood and marrow drive at Cevene Care Clinic, 6551 E. Riverside Blvd., Rockford.
The blood and marrow drive is held in honor of local liver recipient and humanitarian Dorothy Galloways 12th anniversary of her liver transplant.
The average organ transplant recipient uses 40 units of red blood cells, 30 units of platelets and 25 units of plasma, said RRVBCs PR Manager Jennifer Bowman. Dorothy is an advocate for so many organizations, and feels strongly about the need for donations of blood, marrow, organs and tissues. This is her way of giving back, once again.
Following the blood and marrow drive, a celebratory gathering will be at Basil Café with hors doeuvres and beverages to honor Galloway.
I am living proof that life really does go on, and a true testament to the lifesaving gifts made possible by donors, Galloway said. I welcome the community to join me for this very special day and to help save lives right here in our community.
RRVBC is the sole supplier of blood and related services, as well as the Marrow Donor Program donor center, to nine hospitals in six counties throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. To learn more, call 965-8751 or log on to www.rrvbc.org.
From the Aug. 16-22, 2006, issue