Blood drive sponsors recognized at Life Sharing Challenge Event

September 28, 2009
The Central Ohio Region honored Franklin County business and community groups for hosting blood drives throughout the past year at the 2009 Life Sharing Challenge Luncheon. The event, held Sept. 25, honored more than 60 organizations for their blood collections during the period from July 2008 through June 2009.
Miss Ohio Erica Gelhaus served as honorary chair of the event and sang two songs, one of which she will sing in the Miss America pageant early next year. Guest speaker Matt Archer shared the story of his daughter Meghan, who has received multiple blood transfusions for surgeries and treatment of congenital heart defect.
Attendees participated in an interactive demonstration of the circulation process of how blood flows through the body. 
The Life Sharing Challenge is a yearly competition among organizations sponsoring blood drives in a variety of categories, including businesses, religious congregations, schools and hospitals. Organizations receive points during the year based on the number of blood drives, blood drive success, number of drives during the key summer months and holidays, number of first-time donors and employee participation.