MANCHESTER, Conn. — The annual Ray Crothers Blood Drive continued its tradition of helping others the day after Thanksgiving and the Manchester Road Race.
The 36th annual blood drive took place at Manchester High School on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Road Race officials announced today that 364 pints of blood, which will benefit 1092 patients in need of blood, plasma, and platelets, were collected on Friday at the event.
“We were delighted by the turnout and we are so grateful to our wonderful donors, volunteers and sponsors,” said Lance Morgan, a local physician assistant and member of the MRR’s Executive Committee who headed the blood drive. “There is a critical shortage of blood in Connecticut right now, and the generous response of the people who rolled up their sleeves to donate will definitely save lives.”
This event, in conjunction with the American Red Cross of Connecticut, has become one of the state's largest single-day for blood collection efforts as of late.
All blood donors got a Manchester Road Race t-shirt as well as a Red Cross beanie hat.
The blood drive is named after Ray Crothers, who won the Manchester Road Race in 1965 and competed in it for 43 years. He died from cancer in 2008.
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