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Celebrating 70 in style: Pisarik has special request for significant birthday
April 20, 2017 · Margaret Stevens

Terese Pisarik of Mount Vernon planned a special celebration to mark her 70th birthday.

Pisarik, a regular blood donor, had a health issue in the fall and had to temporarily stop giving blood.

At the same time, friends and family were reminding Pisarik that she had a significant birthday coming up.

Pisarik told them: "I know what I want. I'll have you guys give blood for me."

She set a goal to inspire/encourage a total of 70 blood donations.

Last fall, Pisarik reached out to family and friends locally and in California, where she used to live. For those unable to give blood, Pisarik asked that they volunteer at Ronald McDonald house - another goal was to serve a meal there.

Pisarik's nephew, Justin Dix, of Mount Vernon, said the family has accepted the challenge. Cousins scattered throughout the country have been ribbing each other and encouraging each other. Dix's wife, Cara, gave blood for the first time

Dix said no one who knows Pisarik was surprised by the request.

"It's a testament to what she believes in and what she's about," he said.

Each donation is recorded on a chart by a paper cutout in the shape of a drop of blood marked with a name and a date. The first was Oct. 29.

Pisarik's niece, Molly Crock, gave blood March 15 at North Cedar High School. Crock has given blood before, "but it's always good to be poked to do it."

One niece gave her hair to Locks of Love. Her donation is marked by a paper doll head with blonde pigtails.

Pisarik is tickled with the response, as she filled her chart by her birthday March 20.

"I'm so grateful to the people who helped me reach my goal," she said. "People who give blood are saving lives.

"Seventy is just a number, but when it comes to blood, it's a big number," Pisarik said.

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