Since 2003, Don Coleman has been working with the American Red Cross to hold the Blood Drive. It is in Honor of his son Sean Coleman whose life was saved by a blood transfusion following a heart transplant when he was four months old.
Sean Coleman was diagnosed days after his birth with a heart defect that leads to the thickening of the heart walls and eventually limits the pumping action of the organ. His parents had lost his older brother, Patrick, to the disease four months before Sean was born.
He was placed on a transplant waiting list and, when he was 4 months old, on Nov. 29, 1995, he became the youngest heart transplant patient at University Medical Center. Today Sean is an active normal Junior in high school. He is an amazing young man.
Don, who is co-owner of Mayfield, schedules the blood drive around the anniversary of his son's successful operation.
Each donor will receive a dozen Free roses. They will have the option to "Pay it Forward" and donate their roses to either Peppi's House (TMC Hospice) or the Diamond Children's Medical Center. This year Gusto's Italian Restaurant will be offering 5% off on lunch or dinner to everyone who donates! 2010 was a great success with more than 70 people coming out and donating. This year we hope to have even more but we need your help!
Please contact Don Coleman at 520-885-6987 or American Red Cross at 520-230-7295 to schedule your appointment to help save lives.
Some helpful tips for donating...
Eat a small, healthy meal prior to donation.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Bring a photo ID.
Wear a short-sleeved shirt.
Plan to avoid lifting or exercise.
Feel free to ask questions.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you November 26th!