Triumphant 12 Blood Drive event set for Thursday


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:27 am on Monday, March 18, 2013

Blake Hulliberger stands with the prizes he purchased through a contest he won to help other children get through the harsh cycle cancer brings. The Triumphant 12 Blood Drive will be held in hopes to save 12 people going through what Hulliberger had to experience. — Courtesy photo

GREENVILLE — A bone marrow and blood drive will be held in hopes to save 12 lives through the donations.

The Triumphant 12 Blood Drive will be held from noon until 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Greenville Community Church located on Vining Road.

“Triumphant 12 is where we come together and can possibly save 12 lives — three with everyone’s blood donation, one with bone marrow and eight with donor registry,” said Kristeen Hulliberger, who is helping to put on the event.

Anyone who is 16 years and older can participate by giving blood or signing up to be a bone marrow donor or to be put on the organ donor registry.

There is no cost to participate at the event, Hulliberger said, but noted donations are accepted to help offset the kit cost through the Be The Match program.

This event is important for the Hullibergers because their son Blake, 9, has been fighting cancer for the past five years. Hulliberger said it is because of donors at events like this that Blake is alive today.

“There is a true reality that he may need a bone marrow transplant if his cancer ever comes back,” she said. “At that time, Joe and I want to know that everyone we know is on the list to save his life.”

The last drive the Hullibergers did resulted in Greenville Community Church’s Pastor Joel Heron being a match and saving someone’s life by donating bone marrow.

The goal this year is to have about 100 people come out to the event.

“Childhood cancer is the No. 1 disease killer for our children” Hulliberger said. “They need people like you to give blood and be on the bone marrow registry to save lives. Please join us on Thursday.”

To make a monetary donation, visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/greenville.

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