Partnering with FirstWave Financial, the Annual Raj S Shah Memorial Blood Drive offers an opportunity for the community to come together, providing those in need with an invaluable gift.P
Melbourne, FL— On Saturday, July 22nd, Organizer Joanne Regan along with FirstWave Financial will host the 9th Annual Raj S Shah Blood Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. OneBlood buses will be located outside the FirstWave Financial office at 1300 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, FL.
Remembering Raj Shah by Saving Lives
For the last 8 years, the Raj S Shah Blood Drive has been organized with a simple, but powerful, goal in mind: to ensure that those in need will be provided for, and remind us that there is no better resource for healing than the generosity of others. Raj Shah, a software engineer who lived with leukemia for 18 years, was able to live the last five months of his life because blood products were available when he needed transfusions. This annual blood drive is held so that members of the community have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people like Raj, through a simple act that will have an immeasurable impact.
“Our mission is that every accident patient, every cancer patient, every premature baby, every grandparent with low blood counts, every soldier, every person in need of whole blood, platelets and plasma can be assured of an adequate blood supply without delay,” said Joanne Regan, Raj’s wife. “But this year I will be thinking of Raj’s Dad, Sanat, and my sister, Dorie, who both received blood during their treatments. There is no substitute for human blood, it has to come from generous donors.”
In times of emergency, blood donations are critical, so when the supply is low the consequences may be dire. When healthy people donate they are not only making an impact by easing the pain of those who need it most, they may also be saving or prolonging lives, giving the invaluable gift of life and time.
Over the years, the blood drive has collected 419 units of blood in total, and 304 units since partnering with FirstWave six years ago. They are excited to continue these efforts with the community, anticipating greater results every year. “The FirstWave team is so happy and proud to support this great cause,” said Laura Chiesman President of FirstWave. “We look forward to great results this year!”
For more information:
Phone: (321) 427-7459