Unbelievable to think that today is the 10th Annual Denver Broncos Community Blood Drive with Bonfils Center. As of about 2:30, we have collected over 1,000 units of blood — each of them with the potential to save up to three lives in need. What a great day!!!!
Our team once again has represented our organization with such class and professionalism — Louis Green, our resident early riser, was here at 7 a.m. welcoming the morning’s very first life-saving donors. Shortly thereafter, donors saw the likes of Nick Ferguson, Brian Clark, Domenik Hixon, Nate Webster, Elvis Dumervil, Steve Cargile, Andre Hall, Antwon Burton, Mike Leach (who was pulling double duty today as he then went on to his monthly visit to the pediatric ward at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s . . .above and beyond) just to name a few.
Nate Jackson, Tony Scheffler, Chris Kuper and Chris Meyers joined some of their teammates in the afternoon. Nate, by the way, is going to help us with a special mural, the “All Ready” wall, at the new Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center by giving permission to have some of his wonderfully written tributes to Darrent scripted into the mural . Thank you, Nate.
Jay Cutler and Rod Smith spent a great deal of time with our donors as well. Rod is one of the founding members of the Drive For Life community collaboration and we cannot thank him enough for his steadfast commitment over the past decade.
Special thanks to our Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, Miles and Ring of Fame member Billy Thompson who led our alumni crew at the Drive this year. Our donors had a great day of true Broncos Country action. Let’s keep the blood donations coming this winter so our community blood supply remains safe and adequate for those in need.
Before signing off today, I want to also congratulate Dre Bly who formally launched his foundation here in Denver this afternoon by adopting Place Middle School in Denver. Dre made a great presenation to the school today and has pledged to spend regular time with the kids at Place in an effort to keep them in school and reaching their dreams. One of my favorite memories from today will be seeing Dre wearing the Place Middle School student shirt and truly giving some love and support back to those kids. Kudos to Dre.