Blood saves many lives, honors one

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Terry Christian gave more than 100 pints of blood in his lifetime.

On May 18, students and faculty at Indian Springs School, where Christian worked on the maintenance crew and as a part-time bus driver, squeezed little red balls and sipped apple juice as American Red Cross workers drew pints of blood from their arms.

Julie Wood, campus nurse, organized the event.

&8220;Terry was such an important figure for the school,&8221; Woods said of Christian, who passed away in March after a battle with cancer. &8220;He just really had a lot of respect from the faculty and students. When he got sick, everyone was just so touched by his will to live and by how much he wanted to get back to work.&8221;

According to those who knew him, Christian was a strong supporter of blood donation. Virginia D&8217;Alessandro, a senior at ISS, said she had given blood before, but encouraged classmates to give in Christian&8217;s memory.

&8220;You save three people&8217;s lives with just a pint of blood. He (Christian) was always the first one to the door for a blood drive,&8221; D&8217;Alessandro said.

&8220;I hope when we&8217;re older, people give blood when we need some.&8221;

Christian was an employee at ISS for nine years, but his true passion was his part-time gig as the bus driver for the school&8217;s soccer team.

&8220;He took it to heart when he drove for the soccer team,&8221; said Blake Berry, physical plant supervisor. &8220;I think he even helped coach in his own way by making observations and giving his opinion. It was his passion.&8221;