Wednesday, November 30, 2022
12:00pm - 5:30pm
Fort Pierre Fire Station
305 N Deadwood St
Day 1 of 3
Join LifeServe Blood Center as we honor Tyler and inspire donors to pull together to help ensure we meet the needs of our patients this Christmas season! This is a three day blood drive event put on by Tyler's family to honor him in a way...
At 16, Tyler was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his left knee. He endured 3 years of treatments, 32 hours of surgeries, and used over 200 blood products. From the beginning, he was determined to keep a positive attitude, never taking anything for granted, and that he would make the best of even the worst situation.
During his battle against cancer Tyler and his family became aware of the importance of blood donation. They felt blessed that they benefitted from the kindness of strangers through their blood donations. Tyler himself came up with the idea of having a replacement blood drive to "pay back the blood I have used." Sadly, Tyler passed away before his first blood drive that was held on December 2, 2005 at the Fort Pierre Fire Department.
Tyler's positive attitude and legacy live on today through the Tyler Wilcox memorial Guns n' Hoses Blood Drive. As of May 2022, 3,880 units of blood products have been donated in Tyler's name during the annual drive and 571 first time donors have stepped up.