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HCSO’s Blood, Organ Donation Drive To Honor One Of Its Own

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Harris County Sheriff’s Office will partner with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and LifeGift Organ Donation Center on Tuesday to host the second annual “Donation Day” in honor of donation champion and advocate, Deputy Jess Vickery who died last year of cancer.

“For more than 25 years Deputy Vickery dedicated his life to the service of others. In addition to his passion for public service he had a love for donating life so that others may live, through blood and bone marrow donation,” stated HCSO officials.

“During his lifetime Vickery donated 581 times which is equivalent to 73 gallons of blood. He was a lifelong supporter of giving blood and served as a national spokesperson for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, all while serving the HCSO.”

HCSO officials also stated that for several years Vickery battled brain cancer and lost the fight on July 17, 2012.

“In honor of Vickery’s selfless sacrifice to his community and to complete strangers we are giving others the chance to donate life by inviting them to give blood and register to become bone marrow, organ, eye and tissue donors,” added HCSO officials.

Are you interested in attending and being apart of this endeavor? Take a look at the event at a glance below:

WHAT: Second Annual “Donation Day” in honor of the late Retired Sr. Deputy Jess Vickery

WHEN: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 10a.m. to 4 p.m. (Deputy Vickery’s wife and family will attend 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

WHO: HCSO Command Staff, Vickery family, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Bank and Bone Marrow Program, LifeGift Organ Donation Center and the American Cancer Society

WHERE: 701 N. San Jacinto (Officer’s Dining Room) Houston, TX 77002

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