COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE NETS 30 PINTS IN HONOR OF JUDY PRICE

COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE NETS 30 PINTS IN HONOR OF JUDY PRICE

For the sixth consecutive year, Doña Ana County employees rallied to give blood in honor of the late Judy Price, who died Sept. 4, 2001, after a long battle with cancer.

In all, 30 employees donated blood in Price’s name. According to United Blood Services, each pint of donated blood can save three or more lives.


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"This annual drive demonstrates the love that Doña Ana County employees have for their community," said County Manager Brian D. Haines. "It also allows these people to honor and remember Judy Price in a substantive way."

Some potential donors were turned away from the drive due to medical histories, recent tattoos or other high-risk factors that disqualified them from giving under the rules enforced by United Blood Services. Others who wanted to donate but could not be accommodated made appointments to give blood in the near future.

Price began her employment with Doña Ana County on April 15, 1991, as director of planning. She was named acting assistant county manager in September of 1991, and held the position for four months before returning to the Planning Department.

In 1994, under her leadership, the department was renamed the Department of Community Development to indicate the wide range of services provided.

On Dec. 13, 1995, Price was appointed acting county manager for nearly seven months while a search for a permanent manager was underway. In July of 2000, she was again named acting county manager, and she remained in the position until Jan 22, 2001.

The 2006 blood drive was coordinated by Janine Divyak and Jess Williams.

At the request of United Blood Services, the rotunda area of the Doña Ana County Government Center was air-conditioned to 68 degrees for the five-hour blood drive.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.