NUTLEY, NJ - Hometown Hero Anne Rotonda has made 'giving back' her hallmark. On May 4, the community is going to celebrate that tradition by encouraing residents to give life to others during a blood drive in her honor.

 Rotonda, for those who may not know her backstory, has served as the director of Nutley Special Young Adults (SYA) for nearly 40 years. In that time, she encouraged, supported, and most of all loved, special young adults and made them all feel important. 

In 2013. Rotonda was diagnosed with  Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML.) Shortly thereafter, the Nutley Board of Commissioners held a blood drive in her honor. In 2017 she was re-diagnosed with the same disease and in September of that year received a bone marrow transplant.

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Rotonda's fighting spirit, and tradition to giving back, led to her being the captain for one of Nutley Relay for Life's teams, appropriately called "Annie's Courage." For 2019, that team has raised more than $20,000 for the American Cancer Societt. Rotounda personally raised more than $10,000 so far this year. 

The blood drive will take place at the Nutley Parks and Rec Building - 44 Park Avenue, Room 300 from 10 a.m to 3: p.m.. Donors must be between the ages of 16 and 76, weigh over 110lbs and be in general good health. Walk-Ins are welcome to donate. 

For more information, please call the Department of Public Affairs at 973-284-4976. If you would like to schedule an appointment to donate, please click on the following link: or call (201) 251-3703.

TAPinto Nutley recently ran into Rotonda on Franklin Ave. where she was participating in the annual 'Paint the Town Purple' event ahead of Relay for Life.

Related story: Relay For Life Volunteers Paint Nutley Purple Ahead of American Cancer Society Event


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