Day two wrapped up at the 14th annual Tyler Wilcox Memorial Guns N' Hoses Blood Drive Tuesday. The event pits law enforcement against firefighters in a friendly competition with the community while keeping the memory alive of a life lost in 2005.
Tyler Wilcox, 19, died in 2005 just weeks before the first-ever blood drive he encouraged in his community. It's grown every year since.
"We're proud of his courage and the model he gave for those who followed his journey. And, he had lots of friends who supported him and he wanted to give back," Tyler's mom Jeri Wilcox said.
By the end of day two, the event has collected 285 total units of blood. Team 'Hoses' is in the lead. The overall goal this year is 365 total units of blood.
Day 3 continues Wednesday at the Pierre Faith Lutheran Church from 8 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
The event has collected 2,023 units of blood in Tyler's memory since 2005 and have had 323 first time donors! Donors can just walk-in or they can schedule an appointment by calling Vitalant at 1-800-996-3688 or they can go to www.vitalant.org to schedule their own.
o Donors must be at least 16 years old. 16 & 17 yr. old donors will need a signed parental consent form that you can get at the blood drive or at www.vitalant.org, donor forms, bottom of the page under RESOURCES
o Valid picture ID
o Donors must be in good health and cannot have a cold or be on antibiotics
o Tattoos are OK if they were done in a licensed facility
o Many cancer survivors are able to donate
o If you have eligibility questions please call 1-800-996-3688