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Blood drive honors Brentwood Library staff member

Tennessee Valley

July 2, 2014

Red Cross Holds Blood Drive In Memory of Williamson County Resident – Robyn Zandi

(Photo of Robyn Zandi (right) with husband Bill Zandi)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 2, 2014) —The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in memory of Williamson County resident Robyn Zandi on July 11. The drive will be held at the Brentwood Library from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Robyn Zandi was a wife, mother and well respected member of the Brentwood Library staff since 2002. As the Adult Programming Coordinator, she impacted thousands of patrons’ lives by providing educational, inspiring and fun activities. In her own life, Robyn was passionate about healthy living and she incorporated those beliefs into many educational activities she implemented for the community. Robyn also launched a Stitching for Charity program that allowed members to make blankets for soldier’s children, hats and blankets for newborn babies as well as lap quilts and prayer shawls for patients in our local hospitals.


In February of this year, Robyn began experiencing abdominal discomfort. At first, the pain was deemed rather routine, and she received medication to ease the symptoms. However, over the course of several weeks, the pain became more worrisome. She ultimately decided to seek further medical help and on March 21st, Robyn was diagnosed with cancer. The morning of March 30th, Robyn was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she underwent the surgical removal of a portion of her pancreas, stomach, and small intestine. During Robyn’s procedure, she received nine units of life saving blood. In late April, Robyn returned home and began further treatments. During that time, she received additional units of blood.


Tragically, Robyn passed away on June 28.


“Robyn and her family appreciated your prayers, words of hope, and encouragement during the time when it mattered most,” said Judy Payton, Robyn’s colleague at The Brentwood Library. “They hope to show others that good friends, family, a relentless positive attitude, and the power of prayer will get you through every situation.  Her family is honored to have Robyn recognized at the July 11 Blood Drive.”


To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit


Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood.  Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region serves 56 hospitals and must have approximately 500 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients. 


How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.