CHATHAM, NJ - Volunteer blood donors saved Michael DiMaggio's life when the Chatham sixth-grader was struck by a car while walking home from school in 2014. He needed numerous surgeries after the accident.
According to his mother, Nicole DiMaggio, Michael received seven pints of blood during the first 72 hours he was in the hospital. That inspired Chatham moms Michelle Clark, Melissa Fitzgerald, DiMaggio, Marguerite White and Rosalinda Rubio-Williams to organize the first "Stay Strong Michael" blood drive in 2014.
Since then, it's estimated that the "Stay Strong Michael" blood drive has collected 417 pints of blood and helped save 1,251 lives. The sixth annual Red Cross blood drive in DiMaggio's honor will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 at Chatham High School.
"It's been five years since Michael's accident and we are grateful each and every day for the volunteer blood donors who saved his life," Nicole DiMaggio said. "Someone needs blood in the US every two seconds, and one donation can save up to three lives. There is simply no better gift you can give this holiday season than the gift of life. We hope to see you on Sunday, Dec 8th. Please make an appointment today."