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Letter: Rain didn't keep donors away

To the editor:

Oct. 14, 2017: The date will not soon be forgotten by us – all volunteers – who comprise the Westchester Blood Program.

It was the day that the skies opened and poured 8 inches of rain on this region, in torrents that had nary a let-up.

But we had a blood drive scheduled at the Community Center, and it had to go on.

We had many volunteers coming in, including members of Boy Scout Troop 73 and the local Lions Club, and LifeSource Blood Services had many nurses on hand to do the donation procedures.

And how about all of our generous donors? We had set a goal of 100 units. I knew we could not make that number.

Nevertheless, we had donors driving in, some from Joliet, Lemont, Elgin and Chicago.

These people realize that there are patients in our area hospitals depending on them, as well as elsewhere. They knew that LifeSource had shipped 200 units to Las Vegas to care for the surviving victims of that horrid, deadly massacre.

At the end of the day, sure enough, we had 87 donors sign in, and we received 83 units of whole blood for the hospitals.

Even the horrid weather could not stop our donors from helping their less-fortunate neighbors.

So I am here extending my deepest thanks to all of them, both donors and volunteers.

Carl Panek


Westchester Blood Program

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