A blood drive in memory of Garrett Long will be held at Lynchburg First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 19 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. A Blood Assurance bloodmobile will be available in the church parking lot.
Garrett was stillborn on June 19, 2010 due to a placental abruption at 35 1/2 weeks. According to his mother, Laura Long, she and her husband didn’t know they had already lost him and that she was bleeding internally as they drove to Lincoln Medical Center. She received eight units of blood and a unit of platelets.
“We hold a drive each June in his memory to celebrate his life, even though it was brief, and to encourage others to give blood,” said Long. “One never knows the day or time that they or someone they love may need to receive blood. We surely didn’t know that morning on the way to the hospital. I am grateful to all those who had given blood prior to that day so it was available when I needed it most.”
Blood Assurance is a non-profit regional blood center and is the sole provider of blood products to Harton Regional Medical Center, Lincoln Medical Center and 52 other hospitals in four states.
Every donor will receive snacks, drinks, and a T-shirt, as well as a chance to register for a pair of NASCAR tickets to the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 1, 2013.
Donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent) and bring a photo ID.