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‘My payback time’

Volunteer leads blood drives in thanks for donors who saved her son-in-law’s life

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December 25th, 2012

Several years ago, Peg Quigley s son-in-law had two liver transplants. During the process of the surgeries, Peg says he needed a lot of blood. Blood saved his life, Peg says. She was so grateful for the people who donated blood to help save her son-in-law s life that Peg says she wanted to find a way to give back. Peg and her husband Arlon live at Fox Run, an Erickson Living community in Novi, Mich., where she found the perfect opportunity. At a meeting for one of the many resident-run clubs, someone suggested that the community organize a blood drive. Peg stepped up to lead that first blood drive, and she has organized two to three drives a year ever since. It s my payback time, she says.

Partnering with the Red Cross

Peg works with Red Cross to organize the Fox Run blood drives. The long days usually begin at about 6:30 a.m. when Peg meets the Red Cross nurses in Fox Run s Belmont Clubhouse to set up for the day ahead. Of course, many of Peg s charitable neighbors also volunteer to lend a hand whether that means running the sign-in table or passing out cookies to blood donors. It s nice because people who can t give blood are still able to do something by volunteering, Peg says. But plenty of neighbors and staff members who are able to do so choose to donate their blood. Peg says she aims to generate about 30 pints of blood from 40 donors at each blood drive adding up to a substantial contribution that is much needed by the Red Cross, particularly in the wake of national disasters like Hurricane Sandy that ravaged the East Coast last fall. Fox Run s most recent blood drive took place last October. As always, Peg says her friends, neighbors, and the Fox Run staff turned out to support a worthy cause. We had a very good response, Peg says. It was another successful blood drive.