COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 25, 2018) — The community is invited to give blood to celebrate life with Gary Norrod at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in his name Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beechwold Christian Church in Columbus.
Gary enjoys supporting his community. He is a soccer coach and softball player, a block watch coordinator and a former volunteer firefighter and EMT. In October 2017, he experienced a sudden onset of internal bleeding, potentially caused by blood thinners he was taking. Due to a severe gastrointestinal bleed, he needed 19 units of red blood cells, six units of platelets and five units of plasma to help save his life.
Today, Gary is happily able to enjoy supporting his community again thanks to the many people who donated the blood that helped to save his life. Now he wants to give back. “Blood donors gave knowing that their blood would be needed by someone, and would give hope to someone,” Gary said. “I want to share a message that we have a common purpose to provide hope and love to everyone.”
Gary and his church community are celebrating his life by hosting a blood drive and inviting anyone who can to join them in giving blood. “Anyone can share hope and love. We want everyone to attend,” he said. The church is also collecting donations of new men’s, women’s or children’s socks which will be donated to help the homeless population.