(Orlando, Florida May 8, 2017) Five Pulse survivors held a press conference today to talk about how they have turned their pain into purpose with their mission to save lives. Jeff, Ilka, Angel, Bryan and Tony each sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the Pulse tragedy and each required blood transfusions. Between the five of them, it took more than 60 blood donors to save their lives.
As the one year memorial of the Pulse tragedy nears, these five brave survivors have teamed up with OneBlood, the local blood center, to share their stories about how blood donors saved their lives and are encouraging people not to wait for a tragedy to donate blood.
They talked to the media today about the vital role blood donors played in their survival, and debuted the OneBlood campaign, in which they are featured throughout May and June. The following link contains interviews with the survivors at today’s press conference along with b-roll and slates with each survivor’s name for your use. https://www.oneblood.org/pulse-survivors-media-kit.stml.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients throughout most of Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.