Blood Recipient & Cancer Survivor Joshua Gandy Will Say Thank You On His 11th Birthday
(St. Petersburg, Fla. April 3, 2013) Florida Blood Services, a division of OneBlood, Inc., is proud to announce that Riverview High School has won the “School Blood Drive Award” in a competition sponsored by America’s Blood Centers (ABC). The award will be presented to student and staff donors during a recognition celebration at Riverview High School cafeteria on Thursday.
Renee Gandy will talk about her son, Joshua, and his battle with leukemia, his reliance on donors for multiple blood transfusions, and the encouraging one year milestone of Joshua being off chemotherapy. The event falls on Joshua’s 11th birthday.
Award Presentation Riverview High
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Riverview High School
11311 Boyette Road
Riverview, FL 33569
Over the past five years, Riverview students, staff, participating alumni and parents have generously given a total of 7,011 blood donations during the 25 blood drives held on campus. Principal Bob Heilmann, an 8 gallon blood donor, champions the blood drives and is always the first donor on one of 8 bloodmobiles. The blood drives are sponsored and promoted by members of the Student Government Association, under the leadership of their faculty advisor Laura Hike. The blood drive committee recruits students to give blood, coordinates the flow of donors during the drives, and sponsors a cookout to feed all who donate.
Here is a link to a video from their most recent blood drive: http://www.oneblood.org/media/Genre/Blood-Drives/20346-Riverview-High-School-Saves-Lives.stml
About America’s Blood Centers: Founded in 1962, America’s Blood Centers is North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood programs. Recognized by the U.S. Congress for its critical work in patient care and disaster preparedness and response, the federation operates more than 600 blood donor centers providing half of the U.S., and a quarter of the Canadian blood supply.