Community support for blood, stem cell drive overwhelming

Posted: Friday, September 05, 2003

Wow! What an outpouring of community support we had for Sue Stein and Tommy Ellison at the blood and stem cell drive Aug. 12-13. The success of this drive was greater than anyone expected. The Blood Bank of Alaska Kenai Peninsula Center collected more than 70 units of blood and the National Bone Marrow Registry got over 140 new possible donors.

I cannot begin to give enough thanks to everyone who donated blood, was willing to be put on the National Bone Marrow Registry, gave money to help fund the drive, food and drinks, volunteered time and most of all their hearts. This is one example of why most of us chose to live in this fine community that we live in. People from all over the peninsula came to Christ Lutheran Church on those two days, and many more have continued to come to the blood bank's center in Soldotna since the main drive. I would like to recognize just a few who have helped in so many ways: BP, Unocal, Soldotna and Kenai Rotary Clubs, Christ Lutheran Church Soldotna, Soldotna High School cheerleaders, Arby's, McDonald's, the family and friends of Sue Stein and Tommy Ellison, Christ Lutheran's Youth, Rosanne Van Ray, Kerstin Ellison, Floor Center, Hey Good Lookin', Wells Fargo Soldotna, and, most importantly, Sue Stein and Tommy Ellison for bringing this to our attention.

We had many more cancer patients, as well as survivors, come to the drive. Through this process we may be able to help many more of our community members, some we may never know about.

There is no way to measure the good that has been done in our community this past month. The generosity will spread farther than we could ever imagine.

Amy E. Jackman, Community coordinator, Blood Bank of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Center

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