A blood drive in honor of a Caroline County leukemia patient finished up with 19 units of blood—enough to benefit 57 patients in hospitals, the American Red Cross reported.
The blood drive was in honor of Travis Compher, who was diagnosed with leukemia on Feb. 15, 2012 and has been taking chemotherapy ever since. He has had many blood transfusions and the Comphers have been active in giving back to the community through blood drives and fund-raising events.
Due to icy roads, schools were closed on Jan. 30 when the blood drive took place, but that didn’t stop Angela Wright, principal of Caroline Middle School, from opening the doors of the school to allow the event as planned.
“We were especially pleased that 24 donors came out to try to donate, even though school was closed,” said Jeff Hollingsworth, senior account manager for American Red Cross’ Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, in an email to Wright and Travis’ mother, Missy Compher. “Thanks for working so hard to get donors in the door and appointments filled. Up to 57 hospital patients will be saved as a result of YOUR efforts and those of your donors! Great job!”
The Red Cross also thanked Ms. Wright for allowing the use of the school gym on a day when school was closed. “I would imagine that took some logistical ‘shuffling’ to accomplish, so I appreciate all that you did to help keep the drive alive,” Hollingsworth said. “I know that those 57 hospital patients would thank you both if they could.”