‘Communities that Care’ blood drive coming next week

The Donovan Family, residents of Montrose and the American Red Cross are holding a special “Communities That Care” blood drive in memory of Emily Donovan on Wednesday, August 6, and Thursday, August 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Montrose VFW on State Route 706 in Montrose, PA.

Emily Donovan will be “forever four” in the hearts of her friends, family and community. She is remembered by her bright smile and fighting spirit. Emily was 20 months old on May 5, 2008 when her parents learned she had a brain tumor. The very next day she had surgery to remove the cancerous tumor. The two-and-a-half years that followed were filled with many happy memories, but also many days spent in the hospital. During her battle with cancer, Emily had chemotherapy and radiation. She also received many blood transfusions, but never once stopped smiling. At one point, during her treatment, the tumor came back and Emily needed a repeat surgery. Even though, Emily was not willing to give up, the cancer eventually spread to her spine and Emily lost her battle on September 17, 2010. She had just turned four years old.

“Hard to watch her suffer. It was heart wrenching. She was a bright, beautiful and an amazing little girl,” said Emily’s mother Janet.

The entire community of Montrose came together because of Emily. Residents prayed for her during her battle with cancer and they also donated blood in honor of the brave little girl at blood drives held in Emily’s honor. Now, the Donovan family wants to help other children and adults in need by holding a blood drive to keep the memory of their amazing Emily alive.

Donate Blood in Memory of Emily Donovan
Wednesday, August 6 & Thursday, August 7
11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Montrose VFW
State Route 706, Montrose
To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org.