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Friends join together to host benefit blood drive

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Area residents are coming together to show love for Atmore resident Jan Marsh in her time of need.
Marsh was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which is a form of cancer, earlier in the year. She is now being treated in Little Rock, Ark. at The Myeloma Institute.
Even though Marsh is in Arkansas, her Atmore friends are showing her love and support by having a blood drive in her honor.
In order to coordinate the blood drive, a group of Atmore women, along with American Red Cross representatives, met Friday morning to discuss what all needs to occur to make the drive a special event.
The blood donated at the church’s drive will not be earmarked for Marsh, but the event will be held in her honor.
Smith said that cancer affects almost everyone.
Smith said Atmore area residents should come to the blood drive, not only to help a fellow community member, but to help anyone who may need blood.
Friends of Marsh’s at the Friday meeting to discuss the blood drive included, Mary Grissett, Sheilo Faircloth, Carol Crook, Julie Johnson, Ann Stephens, Mary Bess Powell, Beth Drew, Janet Shirley, Toni McMurphy and Smith. American Red Cross representatives included Elaine Howell and Rhonda Hodge.
The Jan Marsh blood drive will be held on April 23 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Atmore in the education building.
For a preferred time to donate, visit www.givelife.org or call 368-8197.