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GREENWOOD, Del. – Please join us on Saturday, October 31 as we celebrate the life of an extraordinary young man, the late Troy Anthony Haynes Jr., with the inaugural 4Troy Foundation Blood Drive.

This blood drive is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW, 301 Mill St., Greenwood, DE 19950.

Troy was a kind, compassionate, and athletic teenager who started for Woodbridge High School’s football team as quarterback four years and led the Blue Raiders to two state championships. He did all this while hitting the books and maintaining an excellent 3.4 GPA (grade point average). On April 26, 2019, he was diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma. He never got the chance to continue his academic and football career at the University of Mt. Union as he died in September 2019, a week after his 19th birthday.

The 4Troy Foundation was created this year to uphold the legacy of Troy by providing youth mentorships, scholarships and guidance to those navigating the road of RMC cancer.

Blood Drive coordinator Christina Haynes (Troy’s mother) and Blood Bank of Delmarva Account Manager Ralph Groves hope to fill 76 appointments at this Halloween blood drive. They hope to attract several Woodbridge High alumni and students to this drive.

The Blood Bank of Delmarva must maintain a seven-day inventory to supply 19 Delmarva hospitals, and inventory levels for key blood types are hovering around two to three days (A positive, B positive and O positive).

It takes 350 donors per day to help BBD keep all 19 hospitals in Delmarva stocked with the blood products they need to help patients.

Please click here and use sponsor code 4TF to make an appointment, or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8.

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About Blood Bank of Delmarva: Blood Bank of Delmarva is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community blood bank with a simple mission: saving lives. The Blood Bank of Delmarva achieves its mission every day by providing safe blood and blood products to all 19 hospitals in Delmarva and relies on over 80,000 volunteer blood donors each year to ensure patients’ needs are met. The Blood Bank of Delmarva distributes over 130,000 blood products annually and operates four donor centers. Each year, the Blood Bank of Delmarva normally hosts over 600 blood drives. These blood drives would not be possible without the commitment of community organizations that volunteer to serve as sponsors or coordinators, which provides opportunities for blood donors to give blood and help patients in need. BBD is New York Blood Center Enterprises affiliate and a member of AABB and ABC. For more information, please visit delmarvablood.org or follow us at facebook.com/delmarvabloodbank. 

Contacts: Amanda Diamond, (561) 504-6659 / Amanda@risaheller.com

Tony Prado, BBD, (302) 379-5780, aprado@bbd.org