‘Give Like Charly’ blood drive

Family and friends of Charly Erpelding will remember her spirit in the “Give Like Charly” Blood Drive on Tuesday.
Published: Dec. 27, 2022 at 11:26 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 27, 2022 at 6:15 PM CST
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BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) - Family and friends of Charly Erpelding will remember her spirit in the “Give Like Charly” Blood Drive.

Charly passed away on October 10, 2022, from her battle with cancer. During Charly’s cancer treatment she received numerous blood transfusions. Her family and friends have rallied to support this blood drive during one of the lowest weeks of the year for blood donation.

“To be able to put something together like this in her memory it does a couple of things,” ImpactLife Director, Holly Yates, said. “It pays it forward, and Charly was all about other people, so to do something for others means a lot to the Erpelding family. It also to make products available for future patients like Charly, or others and just comes full circle.”

For ImpactLife, this blood drive couldn’t have come at a better time. According to Kirby Winn, local blood centers see a lack of donations during the holiday season and was grateful to Erpelding’s friends for organizing the blood drive today.

“This is such a small debt we could pay back to her. She did so much for this community and something simple as donating blood or donating your time for the blood drive; it doesn’t even begin to pay back what she gave us,” Mason Dormire said.

At the end of the day, ImpactLife announced they had over 100 donations at Bettendorf High School, and many more scheduled in the days ahead. To schedule a blood donation, call (800) 747-5401, online at https://www.bloodcenter.org/, or apply on the ImpactLife mobile app.