TOLONO, Illinois — Surrounded by friends, family and RC (Remote Control Car) enthusiasts, 13-year-old Adam Munds was awarded the 2014 Most Innovative Blood Drive Coordinator on behalf of the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers (ICCBC).
After having been born premature with a low platelet count, Adam relied heavily on blood donations as an infant, which helped him to grow into a healthy child. This has given him a passion to help others in need. In 2011, Adam organized his first RC Fest to raise awareness on the importance of blood donation and donated the proceeds to his local blood center. In 2012, he started holding a blood drive in conjunction with his RC Fest.
Margaret Vaughn, ICCBC government affairs director, said: “Though there are many honors for blood donors, the volunteers who work behind the scenes organizing the blood drives are often overlooked, which is why the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers launched their Blood Drive Coordinator Recognition Program.”
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) recently proclaimed July as Blood Drive Coordinator Month, and the ICCBC holds an annual statewide competition in which blood centers from across the state submit nominations in various categories. Community Blood Services of Illinois, Division of Mississippi Valley Community Blood Center, nominated Munds in the “Most Innovative Blood Drive Coordinator Category.”
“What impressed the judges most about Adam was all that he has achieved for such a young age through his enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to blood donation,” Vaughn said. “The ICCBC felt Adam was this year’s hands down winner.”
Carrie Johnston, Donor Relations manager for Community Blood Services of Illinois, added: “Adam is an inspiration to his peers and adults alike. He is using his unique talents to support an important cause. Few people understand the idea of being truly selfless, but that’s exactly what Adam is. We could not be more proud to work side by side with him!”
Adam was excited with his honor. “I feel that it is nice to get recognition because I needed platelets when I was born, and now I do an event to help other people,” he said.
Adam also received an official copy of House Resolution 1227, introduced by state Rep. Adam Brown, R-Peoria, honoring Munds’ achievements as well as a Senate Congratulatory Resolution from state Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.
From the Aug. 13-19, 2014, issue