Sam Tridico Blood Drive Aiming To Make A Difference

  • 4/17/2019 3:42:57 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The 9th annual Sam Tridico Memorial Blood Drive was held all day Wednesday at St. Peter's High School.

Sam was a four-year-old boy who had developed a form of cancer called aplastic anemia, which took his life two months later in December of 2010. During his treatment, Sam received a total of 42 infusions, 15 being red blood cells, and the remaining 26 being platelets. Those infusions didn't save Sam's life, but they gave him and his family more time together. Sam's mother Judy Tridico says this is the reason for the drive. 

Judy told WMFD Wednesday that she sees faces from the previous drives come to donate every year including Red Cross personnel who have worked the drive before, friends and family, and even total strangers. "That speaks volumes for the support," she said. The drive is held every year in April, Sam's birth month.

The blood drive was put on by the Red Cross and organizers hoped they could push their 9 year total up to over 900 donations. Coming into Wednesday's drive, 826 donations had been given in Sam's name. In addition to the drive, a Montessori Scholarship was established in Sam's memory and interested parties can benefit that fund by attending a pancake breakfast at the Walton Lake Pavilion on Park Drive east of Crestline on Saturday, August 10th from 8:00 AM to Noon.

For those who would like to donate, the drive remains open until 8:00 PM Wednesday, April 17th at the St. Peter's High School Franciscan Activity Center at 111 W. First Street in Mansfield.

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