Doris Longfellow was a member of the Rotary Club of Brighton and created the Rotary Club Blood Donor Challenge to replenish the blood supply. A special blood drop award, made of hand-blown glass, was created and was awarded to the Rotary Club that produced the most number of donors, and that was the Brighton Rotary Club.
Doris knew that cancer was taking her life, and that only life-sustaining blood and blood products were extending her time with others. She wanted to give back, so she contacted me in 2008 to create this challenge, just as I had started my career with the Red Cross.
Sadly, Doris passed away in 2009, but not before seeing the impact of her challenge. Some people donated blood for the first time because of Doris.
Anyone healthy, age 16 or older who weighs at least 110 pounds can give. Just note which club you are giving for in the notes section. The trophy will be awarded at the Livingston County Rotary Club Mixer on August 8.