folks in Rutland this year’s Gift of Life Marathon was a real nail biter.
Unofficially Rutland fell just 18 pints short of setting the national record for a one-day drive, collecting 1,951 pints of
blood. Manchester, New Hampshire set the
record of 1,968 pints last year.
Organizers of the annual gift of life Marathon in Rutland hope to set a new
record today and host the largest blood drive in the nation. Close to two
thousand people will need to role up their sleeves to do it.
Bob Young, the former head of Central Vermont Public Service, says the
annual Gift of Life blood drive that CVPS co-sponsors has taken on a
special significance to him. Young was
recently diagnosed with Leukemia and blood and platelet donations have
been critical in helping him fight the disease.
December, the people of Rutland
come together to give a very special Christmas present — blood. The
annual Gift of Life Marathon provides a huge amount of blood at a time when
supplies are often critically low. Last year, the event brought in over one
thousand pints. Per capita, it’s the largest single day donation in the nation.