Annual blood drive honors former student’s memory

Students at Johnston City High School are honoring a former student’s memory by giving blood.

This is the tenth year Johnston City High School in Southern Illinois hosted the Michael Dean Memorial Blood Drive put on by the school’s city council.  Dean was a student at Johnston City and a volunteer with the Red Cross during blood drives. He was 25-years-old when he was hit and killed in a car crash in 2006.

Tina Kosco taught Dean when he was in school, she says this is a fitting tribute.

"When I gave blood one time and passed out he was like my nurse he stayed with me. I didn’t completely pass out, but you know I got sick and he stayed with me until I was well enough to go back to class and I’ll never forget that,” said Tina Kosco, a business teacher at Johnston City High School.

Kosco says the blood drive helps others while keeping his memory alive.

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