Bexley family gives back by hosting blood drive at their home
A local Bexley family is hosting a Celebration of Life blood drive event at their home on Sat. Oct. 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2420 Bryden Road in Bexley.
Bexley resident Jillian Farley experienced complications when she delivered her daughter, Spencer, in 2007. She began bleeding and needed to receive 28 pints of blood to survive. She used all available blood at Grant Medical Center, so the hospital had to request additional units from the American Red Cross.
“It completely saved my life,” said Jillian. “If the blood wasn’t there, I would have for sure died.”
The average human body holds about 10 pints of blood. She acknowledged had donors not given blood that week, doctors would not have had the resources that saved her.
After surviving the ordeal, her personal gratitude to blood donors prompted both her and her mother to begin volunteering with the local Red Cross. Monthly she visits blood drives to help greet and check-in donors. She also has become an advocate for giving blood, speaking at community events to thank volunteers, blood donors and blood drive coordinators. And in 2013 she hosted a blood drive at her home for the first time.
At this second annual Farley family blood drive, the Farleys hope to generate enough blood donations to replace the 28 pints of blood Jillian used in 2007. Those who come to donate on the bloodmobile at their home will receive a tote bag, plus they can enter to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane (Visa gift card is non-transferable and non-redeemable for cash).
To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code Farley.