LIBERTY – For Jack Foster and his family, the impact of blood drives has been experienced firsthand.Jack had leukemia in 2003, and was able to defeat the disease following a stem cell …
LIBERTY –– For Jack Foster and his family, the impact of blood drives has been experienced firsthand.
Jack had leukemia in 2003, and was able to defeat the disease following a stem cell transplant in 2005.
“If it wasn’t for the blood, I wouldn’t be here today,” he said.
Since then, Jack and his wife Marjory have held 33 clinics and collected more than 1,700 units of blood in the past 15 years.
The most recent Jack Foster Family Blood Drive was held last Thursday at the Liberty Presbyterian Church, where approximately 60 units were collected.
American Red Cross’ Account Manager for Sullivan, Broome and Delaware Counties, Lynn Pettit, was in attendance at the drive and presented Jack and Marjory with a Certificate of Recognition for the work they’ve done.
“If we had more people like them, we wouldn’t have a blood shortage,” said Pettit, who added there is especially a need for O positive blood. “Sullivan County has been amazing with their blood drives and the people who come out to donate.”
Marjory thanked those who donated and said, “It means so much because it’s a passion for us. We want to give back because the American Red Cross did so when Jack needed blood.”