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Be somebody extraordinary… help local firefighter give back

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department is holding a blood drive in support of Bob Parker on Monday, May 5, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the North Liberty Fire Department located at 25 W. Cherry St.
Volunteer firefighter Parker has served the North Liberty community as a firefighter and first responder for over 40 years. He has gotten up in the middle of many nights and snow storms to help people on some of their worst days. However, on March 7, 2012, Bob had one of those bad days himself; he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Bob spent three months at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) receiving blood transfusions to battle the disease. While undergoing treatment, Bob, who normally is the caregiver, became the patient. Despite his illness he still Skyped into fire department meetings and sent emails to make sure his fellow firefighter brothers and sisters were being safe.
On May 25, 2012, Bob received a bone marrow transplant. In his treatments, Bob received over 60 pints of blood and 20 units of platelets.
Now that Bob’s Leukemia is in remission, he still wants to give back to the community by replenishing the pints of blood he used during the course of his treatment. On May 5, local firefighters and first responders will be rolling up their sleeves to replenish the UIHC blood bank on Bob’s behalf with a goal of collecting 60 pints of blood.
On an average week, UIHC patients need nearly 600 units of blood products. The North Liberty Fire Department would like to invite citizens and local fire departments to help reach that goal by donating blood on May 5. To schedule an appointment, email firefighter Rob DuBay at rdubay@northlibertyiowa.org or visit http://www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.
To be eligible to donate blood a person must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent; weigh at least 110 pounds; be cold or flu symptom free for five days; pass a mini-physical and medical history inquiry; have a photo ID; know Social Security or Driver’s License number; drink fluids and have a meal prior to donation; bring a list of current medications; and bring a list of places visited outside the U.S. within the last three years.