Special Meaning Behind Monroe County Blood Drive


STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – In 2004, Monroe County Sheriff Todd A. Martin was diagnosed with blood cancer. Doctors said he had two months to live.

“It was really a tough situation,” says Sheriff Todd A. Martin.

But chemotherapy and two transplants later, Sheriff Martin is still serving his community. Other people’s blood donations helped save his life.

“I’m just very lucky to be here, I really am. You know, and my big thing is just keep the faith and one day at a time,” adds Martin.

Martin pays it forward every year through a blood drive, hosted by the Sheriff’s Office inside St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Stroudsburg. For 30 years, donors have rolled up their sleeves to help save lives like their local Sheriff’s.

“I’ve given at this blood drive quite a few times and it’s a way to support the local people and the local efforts,” says Steve Carey of East Stroudsburg.

Since Sheriff Martin was diagnosed with cancer, he’s not able to give blood himself. But he says sponsoring this drive is the next best way to give back to the community.

He adds, “to try to help people out, with one of the most important things in our lives, which is blood”

The American Red Cross says they collected about 70 pints of blood at Tuesday’s drive, which stays locally and will help about 200 people. Monroe county Sheriff Todd A. Martin still battles blood cancer today, 12 years after his diagnosis.

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