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Ed's Story

One need not tell Trish about the importance of donating blood.

As a longtime blood donor, Trish understands blood is always in demand and how every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion.

In early March the person needing blood was her husband. Ed required 12 units of blood and four pints of plasma after he sustained internal bleeding from the blood thinners he was on, Trish said.

Almost immediately after those 16 units of blood products were transfused into her husband, Trish wanted to do something to return the favor. An assistant vice president at First National Bank Island Lake, Trish arranged for a blood drive to be held at the bank to replenish the supply and do her part to ensure blood is on the shelf for those who need it.

Sadly, Ed passed away suddenly on March 26 at the age of 67 from sepsis and was not able to thank donors personally. Trish, however, was able to thank the donors and honor her husband’s memory.

“I wanted to give back,” she said of organizing the blood drive. “I saw how important that blood was to my husband.”

Retired after spending more than two dozen years as the police and fire commissioner for the Island Lake Police Department, Trish said her husband’s favorite hobby was being on the water in his pontoon boat with his family.

“That’s what he enjoyed the most,” she said. “He just loved to be in his boat with the people he loved.”