Wednesday, October 30, 2013

15th Annual Daniel B. Ormsby Memorial Blood Drive this weekend

MERIDEN - The Ormsby family of Meriden invites the community to participate in the 15th annual Daniel B. Ormsby Memorial Blood Drive this Sunday at Francis T. Maloney High School, 121 Gravel Street, Meriden, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in memory of their a loving son, grandson, and brother, Daniel.
At the age of five, Daniel required blood following open heart surgery.  Thanks to the generosity of volunteer donors, blood was available to help ensure Daniel survived his ordeal. Tragedy struck the Ormsby family again in October 1990 when Daniel was killed following a shooting during an armed robbery at the pizza parlor where he worked.  During emergency surgery, Daniel received blood transfusions to help sustain his life as doctors tried to save him.
“Dan’s family remains passionate and committed to helping save lives in Dan’s memory,” said Margie Butkiewicz, Dan’s sister. “We hope to collect at least 125 units of blood this year and ask the community to please roll up their sleeves to help ensure blood is available for patients and their families when needed.”
Since the first memorial blood drive in 1999, the Daniel B. Ormsby Memorial Blood Drive has helped collect over 1420 pints of blood to help accident victims, trauma patients, transplant recipients, and those receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses.
Since one unit of blood can help up to three patients, up to 4,260 patients may have been helped in honor of Daniel.
“We appreciate the extraordinary dedication of the Ormsby family to help Connecticut patients and are grateful for the tremendous generosity of those who remember Daniel by donating blood,” said Michelle Kelch, Interim Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Connecticut Blood Services Region. “This year, the Red Cross as added additional blood drive staff to help the Ormsby family achieve their goal.”Individuals who are 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds of more depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood.
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment to donate.

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