Blood Bank of Delmarva will hold a meet and greet from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, for transfusion recipient Ryan P. and a few donors who helped save his life with donations of blood and platelets as he battled idiopathic aplastic anemia.
The meeting at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, comes during National Blood Donor Month, held every January to raise awareness of the need for donors. The need for blood has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, but supply is still lagging behind.
“It’s hard to put into words how amazing it is to be kept alive by the kindness of other humans, as I’m sure it’s amazing for the donors to see what their donation has led to,” Ryan said. “In this case, the donations from complete strangers helped keep my life going [during] bone marrow failure. I am now back to living my best life – working, and enjoying my sailboat and family because of the selfless acts of others.”
Blood Bank of Delmarva Senior Executive Director Patty Killeen said Ryan embodies the lifesaving mission of BBD, as he received at least 200 units of blood and platelets.
“It’s exciting that he will meet some of the donors who helped him through his ordeal,” Killeen said. “I believe this will be a powerful event for Ryan and the donors. This is why we do what we do.”
Blood and platelet donors to be recognized at the event are Thomas Glenn of Dagsboro, Robert Bell of Newark, Jennifer Cardenas of Seaford, and Paul Davis of Lewes. Blood Bank of Delmarva officials on hand to provide information are Marie Forrestal, donor recruitment director, and Megan Johnson, donor and product services director, along with Killeen.
For everyone’s safety, masks that cover both the nose and mouth must be worn by everyone except when eating or drinking.
For more information, go to delmarvablood.org.