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Blood Drive at United Hospital Center Held in Honor of Cancer Survivor

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Every month the United Hospital Center holds a blood drive, but this month was it was held in honor of local resident and cancer survivor, David Wray. 

Wray was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer in 2004 and during his cancer treatment he received about two blood transfusions each week. 

He said he relied on these transfusions and they changed his life.

"Donating blood really is sort of giving the gift of life to somebody else, and through my experience, I was given that gift on many occasions, and I could sort of feel the immediate effects of that gift," Wray said. 

Wray was happy to play a part in the blood drive. 

"I was definitely excited to be able to help out and not just try to get people to come out and donate blood, but also try to raise awareness for the need that there is for blood," Wray said. 

For people who were unable to donate blood today, the American Red Cross will  be holding blood drives in several locations throughout our area the rest of this month. 

Dates and locations are listed below:

Tuesday, March 12 from 12:30p.m.-6:30p.m. at Jewel City Church on Route 20 in Shinnston

Thursday, March 21 from 12:00p.m.-6:00p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 707 Third Street in Stonewood 

Monday, March 25 from 12:00p.m.-6:00p.m. at Fairmont State University in the Caperton Center Multipurpose Room