Every unit of blood touches or saves three lives.
If that’s the case, in the four years Terri’s Tribute has spearheaded the annual Terri Massey Memorial Blood Drive in Oak Hill, the drive has touched or saved more than 500 lives.
“We are honored that nearly 100 donors every year put us in the top three blood banks in West Virginia,” said organizer Dana Treadway, “but in my mind, we could easily rank first.”
This year’s Terri Massey Memorial Blood Drive is set for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gospel Tabernacle Church on Oyler Avenue in Oak Hill.
Door prizes, food, T-shirts and pink decor draw attention and attract donors. A trophy competition for the most high school donors is set between Oak Hill and Fayetteville High schools. Last year’s trophy went to Oak Hill.
Oct. 29 marks the four-year anniversary of Massey’s death, which came at age 39 after her four-year battle against breast cancer. Terri’s Tribute was founded in January 2010 as a way to raise money for scholarships for Massey’s children and others who have lost a parent to breast cancer.
The group also raises awareness about breast cancer by promoting the world’s longest pink ribbon scarf, now on display at Tamarack. It reaches nearly 7,000 feet in length.
“The blood drive is close to our hearts because Terri told many of us she got to spend more time with her kids because of transfusions. She was grateful, and so were we,” said Treadway. “By being a blood donor, you are truly giving the gift of life. Whether people are facing injuries, surgeries, disease or other medical traumas, there is never enough blood to fulfill all the need.”
It would take 150 donors to be ranked No. 1, a goal Treadway thinks is attainable.
“It’s easy, it’s quick, it makes you feel good, and we have a festive atmosphere at the blood drive,” she said. “Come out and help us make our goal.”
To donate during the Terri Massey Memorial Blood Drive, call for an appointment at 304-640-6996 or 304-663-2410. E-mail appointment requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ins are welcome, also.