SOMERVILLE, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset is holding a blood drive this month in honor of Thomas Gorman, of Middlesex, a longtime donor who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 and his brother, John Gorman, of South Plainfield, whose life was cut short by cancer in 2016. 

For several years, the Gorman family has celebrated their loved ones by giving the gift of life to patients through blood donation.

Thomas was a Port Authority Police officer and was a faithful blood donor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. His last blood donation was Sept. 10, 2001. The next day he was killed in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center.

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“Tom’s spirit of selflessness lives on through his family’s commitment to helping others,” said Christia Keyte, supervisor of Blood Donor Services at RWJUUH/Somerset. “We are grateful to Tom and John’s mother, Theresa, for imparting a legacy that continues to deliver life-saving treatment to patients.”

“This drive is important to help combat blood shortages through the holiday season,” said Keyte, “Now is the time to give.”

December is a particularly poignant for the Gorman family. In addition to Tom’s birthday on Dec, 27, John lost his cancer battle at the age of 52 in December 2016. He was working in the World Trade Center and survived the Sept. 11 attack that killed his brother. Honoring both brothers is a way for the family to create a sense of purpose and continue their commitment to giving back, according to their mother.

The Blood Donor Program at RWJ Somerset is open Monday through Friday. For appointments, call 908-685-2926 or visit www.RWJUHDonor Club.org.  Walk-ins are also welcome. Please call to verify times of operation.   

Blood donors must be at least 16 years old (with parental consent for ages 16 and 17), weigh at least 110 lbs. (120 lbs. for 16-year-old donors) and bring photo ID. Donors must feel well on the day of donation and drink plenty of fluids. For questions about medical or travel eligibility, call 908-685-2926.