Local volunteer to be honored with blood drive

Wanda English Burnett

Local volunteer and friend to many in the Osgood area, Edna Taylor, 77, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. She was in a very advanced state when the diagnosis was made and was immediately hospitalized for several weeks of intense treatments.

Taylor has returned home for a short period of time, but will undergo treatments by traveling back and forth to an Indianapolis hospital, according to her son, Mike. He noted, “we’re over the biggest hump,” as he and his brother, Jerry, take turns helping out with her medical transportation and care.
Known in the Osgood area as a loving, kind volunteer, her good friend, Georgia Adkinson described her as “an angel here on earth.”

Taylor could be seen most of the summer riding her three-wheel bicycle to the Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Osgood, where she has volunteered for several years. She also volunteered at the Manderley Health Care Center and would ride her bicycle to her friends who were home-bound to read the Bible or help them in any way she could.

In her honor, the WorkArounz Fitness Center and Dr. Chris Brown Dentistry will be hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, November 10. The Hoxworth blood mobile will be located in the parking lot of the two businesses, 835 S. Adams, Highway 421, Versailles between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Taylor's daughter-in-law, Lorie, is employed with Dr. Chris Brown's Dentistry.

Giving blood is a way to honor Taylor’s years of giving to her community and her family said they felt honored. Those wanting to send her a get-well greeting may do so by sending them to 128 Hunt Street, Osgood, IN 47037.

With the upcoming holidays the blood supply is always low. Hoxworth officials encourage people to bring a friend, family member or co-worker. They also ask people to give frequently - every eight weeks - as they support 32 area hospitals.

Donating blood is safe and easy. You need to be 17 years of age, or 16 with a signed parental consent, and in good health. You must weigh at least 110 pounds and bring identification to donate. Donors are recommended to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours before donating blood.

Although you don’t have to have an appointment, you can call Mandy Wiley at WorkArounz at 689-1000 to schedule the time that works best for you. The Hoxworth Blood Center recognizes people’s time is valuable and will give priority to donors who have scheduled appointments. Walk-in donors are certainly welcome as well, and will be seen as quickly as possible.

Pictured are Alecia Lipton with Hoxworth Blood Center, Cincinnati, left, and Mandy Wiley, right, putting up flyers for the upcoming blood drive to honor Edna Taylor The event will take place Nov. 10 from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the Family Dollar Plaza parking lot in Versailles.