Giving back to the community was something Stu Woodcock did his whole life. He was an active member of the United Church of Fayetteville, a decorated Boy Scout volunteer where he served in many roles including scoutmaster, a life member of the Fayetteville Fire Department where he was a firefighter and fire police, and a volunteer with the Erieville Fire Department.
In 2010, Stu was diagnosed with a blood disorder. While undergoing treatment, Stu needed approximately 200 blood transfusions. He passed away after battling the disease for two years.
“When someone you love has a terminal illness, every moment is precious,” says Tori Woodcock-Andruczyk. “Dad lived two years after he was diagnosed with MDS, thanks to blood donors. Without those blood transfusions, we wouldn’t have had that time together.”
Even after his passing, Stu continues to give back to the community. In order to replenish the blood supply given to him while he was ill, Stu asked his family to hold blood drives in his memory. The fifth blood drive in Stu’s memory will be held on Saturday, October 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 East Genesee Street. It is coordinated by Stu’s wife, Mary Jane, and daughter, Tori Woodcock-Andruczyk.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.