Hundreds line up to donate at the sixth annual Thunder blood drive

Posted on: 11:55 am, December 29, 2013, by

Oklahoma City, Okla. – Donors lined up at the Cox Convention Center to give blood at the sixth annual Thunder blood drive.

700 people made appointments to donate, nearly 1,000 are expected to show up by the end of the drive.

Donors came from all walks of life with one goal in common, to save lives.

The Thunder girls made an appearance bringing their Thunder spirit with them.

With a shortage in blood in past weeks, the Oklahoma Blood Institute says they are restocked on blood.

However, there are many recipients in need and every donation helps.

Two parents, the Hannemens depend on donors bi-monthly, their son Bennett has a rare disease called Pearson’s disease; its effects, full blown bone marrow failure.

The family spent the day at the blood drive not donating but thanking donors for saving their sons life and the lives of other like him.

Bennett’s mother explains how beneficial the work that OBI is.

 “because of obi because of donors because of staff because volunteers were gonna be able to have the opportunity to give him life, one more time, one more time, and sometimes it feels a little selfish to have to ask one more time but thankfully we don’t always have to ask its just there.”

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