Special Events: Drug Take-Back 2014
April 18th, 2014
Blood Assurance’s main office in Chattanooga is taking part in the Drug Take-Back program April 26, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. It’s an opportunity for community members to safely and securely discard any unused medications.
Over 300 tons of medications were turned in at sites throughout the United States in 2013. Improper disposal of medications leaves the potential for theft and abuse of unwanted drugs as well as public health hazards. Disposing of medications at designated Take-Bake centers is a simple way to make our community safer.
Both prescription and over the counter medications are eligible, but the public is asked to bring only medications in pill or patch form. Sharp needles, IV bags, and radioactive medications cannot be accepted. Be sure to cross out any personal information from prescription bottles.
Featured Donors: J.D. Wooten's Legacy of Giving
April 16th, 2014
Cindy Pare holds her father J.D. Wooten's photograph while daughter Emma Pare donates in his honor.
Certain traits just run in the family. Some families share an eye color. Others have the same laugh. For Cindy Pare’s family, it seems that being a life-saver is in the genes. They are committed blood donors who hope to encourage others to give by sharing the story of their loved one J.D. Wooten, a donor who became a recipient after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Mr. Wooten was a very active member of the community in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was a beloved figure at the local furniture store where he worked part-time after retiring from the grocery business. He was also an active volunteer and enjoyed serving as a mentor to the young men in his church. Even with all of these commitments, Mr. Wooten always made time to donate blood.
After years of giving, Mr. Wooten’s own life was prolonged by donors like himself. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a particularly aggressive and fast paced form of cancer, and was given 3-4 months to live. During his treatment, he often required weekly blood and platelet transfusions to survive. Through the power of blood donations and J.D.’s own fighting spirit he was able to beat the odds, spending over 2 more years with his family and friends before his passing on March 9. It’s time that his family is incredibly grateful for. “He lived because blood donors came in to give. We had him with us for 29 more months because they cared,” Cindy says.
Mr. Wooten’s family considers donating blood a chance to carry on his legacy. Cindy is a regular donor at Blood Assurance’s main office in Chattanooga and will soon reach the five gallon milestone. Her daughter Emma, a student at the University of Tennessee, is also following in her grandfather’s footsteps. She became a donor while she was still at Signal Mountain High and has continued to give regularly.
His family has now made it their mission to promote blood donation. They hope their own experiences will help others overcome some of the trepidations that may keep them from giving. Cindy admits that she was actually very nervous before her first donation. Like many new donors, she worried that the process might be painful. She was happy to discover that it was a very comfortable experience. As for those who worry about how long it will take, Cindy says it is important to keep things in perspective. “You can’t put a price on saving a life by saying you don’t have time,” she says. While everyone’s time is valuable, it’s vital to remember that the time you spend donating can provide a patient with days, months, or years of life.
Though he is no longer with us, J.D. Wooten will continue to be a positive force in the lives of others. The patients who received his many blood donations were parents, children, siblings, and friends. His donations granted their loved ones the same precious time that his own family is so grateful to have had with him. Each donation Cindy and Emma perform are part of his legacy, as well. By encouraging them to give, he is playing a role in each of the lives they will save in the future.
We want to thank Cindy and Emma Pare for taking the time to tell Mr. Wooten's and for sharing his amazing commitment to community service.
Special Events: Dan at the Rome Braves Home Opener 2014
April 11th, 2014
Dan the Blood Drop had the chance to serve as the Honorary Captain for the Rome Braves on April 11. He was nice enough to bring a few of his Blood Assurance pals along for the game.
We ran into a few of our awesome Rome area donors. We even spotted a few in their Blood Assurance t-shirts!
We also made a few new friends...
Here he is at home plate!
Thank you to the Rome Braves for this awesome opportunity. It's and evening Dan and the rest of the Blood Assurance staff will never forget.
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