Blood Drive in North Liberty Honors Local Firefighter

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa-- A volunteer firefighter who has given 40 years to helping people through their worst of days, putting out fires and saving lives now needs the help of his community.
The North Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, is putting out a call for blood and hosting a drive in honor of one of their own.

Bob Parker has been a volunteer firefighter in North Liberty for more than 40 years. Last March he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Luekemia. He immediately had to stop working, spent months at University of Iowa Hospitals, he went through chemo, and had a bone marrow and stem cell transplant. During that time he received over 60 units of blood and 20 units of platelets. Now that he's on the road to recovery he wants to give back what he took, so the department is putting on a blood drive in his honor.

"It's meaningful to me to give something back I received so much and again without that blood I couldn't have survived. It's just wonderful knowing there are people out there that will give of their own bodies, their own time to participate in this drive," said Bob Parker.

The blood drive is Monday, May 6th at the North Liberty Fire Department on Cherry Street from 3:30pm until 7:30pm.
The goal is to collect at least 60 pints of blood.

If you can't make it to the blood drive but want to donate you can make an appointment at the DeGowin Blood Center in Iowa City, tell them it's in honor of Bob Parker.
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