This year’s blood drive in Chestnut Hill had special meaning for Chestnut Hill Community Association board member Elizabeth Bales. In 2010, she lost her closest friend Teresa Garofalo, 47, to acute myeloid leukemia.
Bales asked that this year’s blood drive be dedicated to her friend Garofalo who during the course of her treatment used 400 units of blood. CHCA Administrative Coordinator Noreen Spota said in past years the blood drive raised around 50 units and this year exceeded that by reaching 52.
The blood drive was held on Saturday, Feb 11 at Vare Field House on the campus of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy