The First Annual Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive was in full swing this spring between local law enforcement and fire agencies. In total, 380 donations were made to either #TeamPolice or #TeamFire. In the end, #TeamFire came out on top and won the competition. Fire gathered 214 donations and police gathered 166.
#TeamFire decided to award their winning prize, a $250 check to a charity of choice, to Delaney Donates. Delaney was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma– a solid tissue tumor cancer that effects the sympathetic nervous system. According to her website, “Delaney has been through several years of treatment and still continues to fight her battle however her desire to help other families fighting cancer is very strong. She takes everyday and makes it her best. She believes that each person fighting needs to be recognized because it lets them know they do have someone cheering for them, especially when times are the hardest.”
In addition to donating blood, community members wrote kind messages of thanks and appreciation to all local law enforcement agencies and fire departments. St. Mary’s has kindly created posters with the comments and they will be passed around to the different agencies during the upcoming weeks. #TeamPolice received a certificate of thanks for participating in the blood drive.