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The family and friends of Katherine Toce will host the 27th Katherine Toce Memorial American Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, March 29, at Highland Elementary School, 490 Highland Ave. in Cheshire, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The community at large is invited to join the Toce family in saving lives at this upcoming blood drive dedicated to Katherine’s memory.
Katherine was 11 years old when she lost her battle with cancer. Throughout her cancer treatment, Katherine required numerous blood transfusions to sustain her life, and, as a result, Katherine’s family became very aware of how important it was for people to donate blood.
More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment. Although an estimated 38 percent of the United States population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent actually do each year. The need for donations is critical to ensure that a safe and sufficient blood supply will be there for those who need it.
Steve and Nadine Toce believe that, by sharing Katherine’s story, people will not only become more aware of the importance of blood donations, but also, perhaps through Katherine’s kind and loving spirit, be encouraged to help others. Science can’t duplicate it, people simply can’t live without it, the need is constant, and the gratification is instant. Please join the Toce family and friends for this life-saving event.
Over 3,000 people have come to the last 26 memorial drives to give the “gift of life” and over 2,700 units of blood have been donated in Katherine’s memory. Since one unit of blood can help up to three patients, approximately 8,100 people may have been helped as a result of Katherine’s life-giving legacy.
At the Toce blood drive, eligible donors can consider giving a double red cell donation. This type of donation is a convenient and easy way to double the difference a donor can make for patients in one donation while helping to provide area hospitals with the critical-type red cell products they require.
Appointments are being taken to donate in memory of Katherine Toce. Please call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit www.redcrossblood.org.