This Friday, Northside Elementary is hosting a blood drive in honor of Perry Tyner Tate, daughter of Principal Joy Tyner.
The blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 22. There will be two buses in front of the Northside & Eastside campus on Arrow Drive.
Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ups will also be accepted. Mississippi College radio station 93.5 will be on site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a live broadcast.
"Students will be taking home literature this week about the blood drive and will be trying to enlist donors," said Elizabeth Shepherd, Northside counselor and blood drive coordinator.
Tyner said the event meets her goal of making sure Northside students participate in a philanthropic activity.
"This also meets several goals set by our health council," she said. "And of course, it is especially meaningful to me that our health council wanted to host this event in Perry's memory."
Perry Tate died on Jan. 2 from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocystosis, a rare disease that affects 1 out of 1.2 million people. She was 23 years old.
In addition to the blood drive, there will be a station in the Northside atrium where donors may be swabbed and registered to become part of the bone marrow registry.
"Blood donors donate life every time they give blood," said Tony Bahou, Mississippi Blood Services public relations manager. " If it were not for partnerships through schools like Northside Elementary, fewer Mississippians would have a chance at life."
Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with signed parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds for females and 130 pounds for men, and have a valid ID. For additional information on blood donations, visit www.msblood.com or call Mississippi Blood Services at (888) 902-5663.
"Perry and I shared many passions, among them, our love for children," Tyner said. "She spent her teenage and early adult years in service to children. Please join me in honoring Perry's service to others by giving the gift of life."
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