An accident took the lives of the Fairport Angels — Hannah Congdon, Bailey Goodman, Meredith McClure, Sara Monnat and Katie Shirley — 11 years ago.
The accident happened less than a week after they graduated from Fairport High School while they were on their way to a lakeside cottage.
To remember their spirits and to give hope to others, the families of the Fairport Angels and the American Red Cross are holding a special blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. on June 14 at St. John of Rochester Church, 8 Wickford Way, Fairport. This is the seventh blood drive held to remember the Fairport Angels. To date, more than 200 units of blood have been collected. A single blood donation may help up to three patients.
“The blood drive is a way to thank those in our community and beyond who supported us during our darkest time and continue to support us today,” said Stephanie Shirley, mother of Katie. “It’s our way of giving back and helping make sure blood is available for patients in need.”
This year, the blood drive includes a “SleevesUp” campaign. This online tool allows Red Cross supporters to create a virtual blood drive and encourage colleagues, friends and family members living near or far to give blood or platelets. The SleevesUp virtual blood drive lets people honor someone’s life, celebrate a special occasion or bring people together to help save lives, any time of the year, regardless of location. Through SleevesUp, people who feel passionate about blood donations also can invite those in their personal networks to pledge their support by making an appointment to donate blood or platelets. The goal of the blood drive is to get 100 units collected on location, and an additional 50 units through SleevesUp.
To make an appointment to donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code stjohnofrochesterfairport.
The Red Cross urges those who have never donated blood or platelets, as well as current donors, to make a donation appointment and help sustain a sufficient community blood supply. Blood and platelet donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months, but every day there are thousands of lives to help save. Blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations come in.