By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
More than 70 Marion County residents came to Fairmont Senior High School on Tuesday to “Get Stuck with Chuck” and, as a result, several units of blood will be distributed to hospitals and patients in need.
“We just want to thank the community for getting behind us and coming out to support the cause,” Times West Virginian Publisher Chuck Jessup said.
The Times West Virginian, in partnership with the American Red Cross, hosted the blood drive in memory of the late Sandra Gaston, the mother of Barb Gaston, art director for the newspaper. Sandra was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in the spring, and after several months of fighting the disease and enduring treatments and blood transfusions, she passed away earlier this month.
“We thank the Gaston family for allowing us to put a face on our blood drive,” Times West Virginian Managing Editor Misty Poe said.
Seventy-seven people participated in the drive, providing a total of 53 good, productive units of blood. Some donors were unable to give for medical and other reasons, but Jessup said every participant was a valuable part of the event.
“I really appreciate everyone stepping out of their comfort zone,” Jessup said. “They all came out caring about making a difference.”