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About Cynthia's Drive

To honor the memory of Cynthia Snyder, her family has hosted four memorial blood drives.  Cynthia suffered from a rare bone marrow disease known as Diamond Blackfan Anemia, which required monthly blood transfusions for much of her life.  Beginning with transfusions at only 8 weeks of age, she was able to tolerate the anemia up into her mid-twenties when the effect of her anemia became much more critical.  At that point she began experimental drug therapy at the University of Virginia. Cynthia was treated with Cytoxan and then later treated with Imuran.  These two drugs in succession pushed her anemia into remission for over twenty years.  In 2002, the drug therapy became ineffective and Cynthia again became reliant on blood transfusions.  The frequency of these transfusions increased over time up to the point that she required two units of blood every three weeks.   Cynthia was always thankful for the gift of life she received from those who donate blood.

After 58 years of fighting her disease, Cynthia passed away on July 6th, 2011.  It is estimated that Cynthia received over 500 units of blood throughout her lifetime. In her memory, her family would like to match pint for pint every life sustaining transfusion that Cynthia received.  Please join us in this tremendous effort to raise at least 500 donations of blood for the American Red Cross.
Cynthia lived her life to the fullest, no matter how she felt that day.  She had two careers as an elementary school teacher for 10 years and a florist for 17 years. Cynthia had great beauty, grace and courage.  She loved many and many loved her.  Truly, her life was a blessing to all who knew her.
Our latest blood drives, one sponsored by First Baptist Church held on May 10th, 2012 at the Holiday Inn was a huge success with 60 units collected.  The second drive sponsored by Knights of Columbus on June 18th, 2012 at Saint James Church with 45 units collected. 
Last year, 46 units were collected at St. James Church by Knights of Columbus on December 12, 2011.  Lastly on November 14, 2011, our first blood drive collected 60 units at Snyder Environmental Services.  Our count toward the 500 unit goal is 266 units collected.  We are half way there!  Please help us by donating at your local Red Cross and tell us you did so in Cynthia's memory by signing our guest book. 
Upcoming Drives:
 October 22, 2012 
12 - 6 pm
Snyder Environmental Services
270 Industrial Boulevard
Kearneysville, WV 25430
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, select link below.
Visit our guestbook to post your donation towards our 500 pint goal.  
View the memorial video that is now posted on Cynthia's Facebook memorial site.