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In 2021, Fitchburg Senior Center Volunteer Program Manager and Nutrition Site Manager Mandi Miller had a major GI bleed that doctors could not initially find, and she was losing blood fast. Ten blood donors made it possible for her to live. She's now hosting a blood drive to help give back.

“So many people had a hand in helping me live and I am so grateful for all of the support, especially the support from blood donors. I am hosting a blood drive near the anniversary date of my ten transfusions as a gesture of giving back to the Red Cross what was so vital to me,” Miller said. “Never in a million years did I imagine I would need this gift of blood, but I feel so thankful it was available when I needed it the most. I feel so fortunate to be alive today.”

Blood drives have been a part of her life since she was little, she said. Her dad has been a faithful blood donor his entire life, donating well over 10 gallons of blood. Her mom worked at blood drives for 15 years before her mom started coordinating them and has coordinated three blood drives per year for over 35 years in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

The blood drive will be held at the Fitchburg Community Center Oakhall, 5510 Lacy Road, on Tuesday, August 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Fitchburg Ukulele Network (F.U.N.) will be performing at the blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donors will be entered to win a $10 e-gift card of their choice and chance at $6,000 in gasoline.

For an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Reporter Neal Patten can be reached at npatten@wisconsinmediagroup.com

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