Local Blood Drive in Honor of Mariah

by Courtney Wheaton on June 4, 2014 at 8:09 am

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is hosting a blood drive in honor of Mariah Swingle.

A couple of weeks ago Swingle was in a life threatening motorcycle accident. As a result she needed several blood transfusions. Her family says through the support of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross and faith she is still alive.

" Mariah received six complete blood transfusions and an additional 114 units within the first 24 hours of her fight, so without that her survival may not have happened," said Monica Batteiger, Mariah’s Cousin.

As a way to give back her family wanted to have a blood drive in her honor to help others in similar situations. The Red Cross says this is one of the most important times to donate blood.

" We are hoping to have a really good crowd," said Marlene Henderson, Director of the Red Cross. "The summer months are always difficult for us for blood collections because a lot of people are on vacation and school’s out and we depend on about 20 % every year on our blood coming from high school and colleges."

The blood drive will take place at the OUZ- Zane State Campus this Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Campus Center. You can call the Red Cross to make an appointment at (740) 452-2731 or you simply walk in to participate.