On Friday June 8, the fifth annual Jeanie Barkley Memorial Blood Drive and Marrow Registry will be hosted at the Hudson Community Center in Hudson, NH from 12 PM (noon) until 12 AM (midnight). The event is hosted by the American Red Cross with help from the Jeanie Barkley Memorial Fund. Any interested individuals may come donate a pint of blood as long as they are healthy, over 17 years of age and have not donated blood within the past eight weeks. The marrow registry will be available for those wishing to place their name on a list of volunteers to donate bone marrow should a match ever be required for someone in need.
The Jeanie Barkley Memorial Fund was founded by the friends and family of Jeanie Barkley who passed away in 2007 due to Aplastic Anemia. Aplastic Anemia is a rare bone marrow disease which prevents the production of blood cells and platelets. Because of this disease, Jeanie underwent over 100 blood transfusions within just 22 months. Her loved ones continue to honor Jeanie’s memory with this annual blood drive and marrow registry to prevent others from getting diseases like Jeanie’s. The Jeanie Barkley Memorial Fund raises money each year to give out as scholarship money to a graduating senior at Alvirne High School who exhibits Jeanie’s love of the community and a potential for making a positive impact on the lives of others as Jeanie did in her life.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood in advance, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS. For more information about blood drives or marrow registries, you may visit the American Red Cross website. Visit the Jeanie Barkley Memorial Fund website for more information about the fund or to donate.