100 Units Donated: Central Florida Heroes Blood Drive
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A steady stream of community leaders, community servants, and residents joined together on Wednesday, May 2, at the Chamber of Commerce Building to participate in the Central Florida Heroes Blood Drive, presented by Florida's Blood Centers and its sponsors. 100 units of blood were collected, with each donation potentially saving up to three lives; 300 patients will benefit from these lifesaving efforts.
The Central Florida Heroes Blood Drive was the brainchild of Dick Batchelor and Tico Perez, two political adversaries who came together to put together this inaugural event. LYNX won the blood drive trophy for bringing in the most blood donors during the day. They literally bused in blood donors from their downtown office to the Chamber of Commerce Building.
The mission is simple - to save lives in our community. The goal of the Central Florida Heroes Blood Drive was for the community to come together, showcase the never-ending need for blood donations and save lives!
In addition to Blood Drive Co-Chairs, Dick Batchelor and Tico Perez, a number of celebrity sightings also included Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orlando City Commissioner Tony Ortiz and LYNX CEO John M. Lewis, Jr., all of whom brought scores of donors from their ranks to participate.
"It was our pleasure to be the site of the Central Florida Heroes Blood Drive," said Leslie Hielema, President of Orlando, Inc. "Our central location at the Chamber of Commerce Building seemed to provide an ‘easy stop' on the way to work, during lunchtime, and when departing for home in the evening."
100 units of blood were collected at the Central Florida Heroes Blood Drive! Each donation can save up to three lives which means 300 patients will benefit from your lifesaving efforts.
Thank you to all the local businesses who participated and to the many community leaders who rolled up their sleeves and helped spread the word about blood donation.