Gavin family

It was one year ago that Jody Gavin was in the hospital needing blood transfusions after giving birth to her first child.

Axel was born on April 8, 2020.

Jody in hospital

This was in the beginning of the COVID-19 when the local blood supply was dangerously low in Western New York.

Thankfully, Jody was able to get the 12 blood transfusions she needed to survive the ordeal. Which is roughly 36 pints of blood. All blood products Jody received were donated through ConnectLife, WNY's only community blood bank.

Jody and her husband Karl wanted to give back and host a blood drive to help replenish the blood supply in Western New York and encourage people to get out to donate. So they reached out to our team at ConnectLife to start working on hosting a blood drive in honor of their son Axel's first birthday.

On Saturday, April 10th, a group of local heroes and a thankful family gathered to celebrate life and community blood donation.

We also tracked down some of the ConnectLife blood donors whose blood was used to save Jody's life and invited them to the blood drive to meet Jody and Axel. Four donors were able to attend, including; Becca Nason, Edward Cichon, Lorna Krabill, and Crystal Shadden. (pictured below)

Jody and her blood donors

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The blood drive was a great success with a big turnout! Karl also rolled up his sleeve to donate blood as well (pictured below).

Thank you to the entire ConnectLife team. You guys were incredible to work with throughout the entire process. I am so appreciative of everything you did to bring this blood drive to life. It was such an incredible day, and I'm so happy we were able to collect so much blood. 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you SO very much, 

Jody, Karl and Axel

Check out some photos from the blood drive:

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Jody Gavin with blood donor

Are you interested in hosting your own blood drive with ConnectLife? It's easy & rewarding!

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