On Thursday, June 9th 2015 VFW Post 4915 Mohwak Street Herkimer hosted an American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Julia Bunce. Julia lost her battle with Leukemia in February 2013. Julia’s family and friends are continuing the fight with the memorial blood drive.
Robert cotter, account manager, Liverpool Blood Services said, “1 donation can save up to 3 lives. There is an urgent need for blood especially during summer. This is because high schools and college are not in session and 20-25% of the blood supply is provided by schools. Summer vacations also affect blood donations. There’s a constant need for blood.” He added, people in hospitals don’t go on vacation.”
Randy Waterburry was donating blood for the 44th time. He said, “It’s something that i try to do all the time.”
Trevor Roorda, Julia’s boyfriend, was on hand to promote bone marrow registration through Be The Match. For the past 25 years thousands of people who are diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma rely on Be The Match®. Be the match operates the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. 14,000 patients with blood diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell search every year for their life-saving marrow match. You could be their match.
Roorda said, “You, literally, could be the cure for somebody. A half hour for you could be a lifetime for them.”
Dave Bunce, Julia’s father and blood donor said, “The blood drive in Julia’s memory brings awareness. It’s good to see people donate blood and see it go to a worthy cause. Turn out is always good; we get twice as many donors in Julia’s memory.”
For more information about donating blood go to: http://www.redcross.org/blood and for more information about bone marrow registry go to: http://www.bethematch.org