Family, friends push blood drive for 'hometown hero'
DANVILLE - Family and friends of critically injured Shamokin motorcycle rider Cory Thompson are encouraging people to donate blood at drives next week.
A Facebook post said Thompson, 29, a National Guardsman who served multiple tours in the Middle East, had used more than 50 units of blood since his hospitalization Sunday and asked that people "show their support" at blood drives scheduled Tuesday at Geisinger Medical Center, where Thompson remains in critical condition, and Friday at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township.
The blood drives are those regularly scheduled by Geisinger. Tuesday's is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main lobby, near the gift shop. Friday's at G-SACH is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Geisinger public relations specialist Michael Ferlazzo said Kathy Rowinski, who organizes blood drives for the Geisinger Blood Center, has heard that many in the community are talking about donating at those two drives "to honor Cory and others like him who serve the country."
Thompson is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 103rd Armor Regiment. His service has included missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Also, an online fundraising effort for medical bills has begun in Thompson's name at youcaring.com, a free online fundraising site. The page shows a picture of Thompson in uniform and with the title, "Help Our Hometown Hero Fight His Battle."