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Date:10/5/2009

been dedicated to students, faculty and community members.

Last February, about 175 community members, teachers and personnel turned out in support of the blood drive held for 7-year old Heather McNamara, who was diagnosed in 2005 with an abnormal inflammatory myfroblastic tumor that had cut off circulation to her major organs. Heather was the first child in the world to undergo multi-organ transplant surgery, and returned to school for the first time this week after a seven month recovery.

"She loves it," said Tina McNamara, Heather's mother. "She absolutely loves school, and her class."

Prior to her surgery, Heather had received oral and intravenous chemotherapy, after which blood transfusions were required to maintain her blood and platelet count. Family members say Heather needed an additional eight pints of blood during her 23-hour operation.

Congratulations to Heather for her remarkable recovery, and to all school districts and communities that organize blood drives in support New York Blood Center's mission to help save lives.

    To donate blood, please call:
    Toll Free:  1-800-933-2566
    Visit:  www.nybloodcenter.org

Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during the winter holiday and summer periods. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 and over may donate with a doctor's note.

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