Patty Gonzalez and Maricela Wesby’s niece, AnaVictoria, was 13 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. It took truly copious amounts of blood, donated by others, to keep her alive for the following two years. Inspired by this, Gonzalez, Wesby and their Northern Trust colleague Georgina Adan started blood drives in AnaVictoria’s memory after she passed away in 2017. Since then, this trio of fabulous females have been responsible for over 2000 units of blood donations. That’s why the Red Cross of Illinois has awarded them the 2020 Blood Services Hero Award, sponsored by Fresenius Kabi.
Learn more about these heroes, the Red Cross and how you can help here.