#LovingLinda: Why Giving Blood Matters

June 7, 2018

Linda Patterson was a wife, a mother, a fighter, and a blood recipient. Her battle began in the fall of 2008, when she received devastating news that she had a brain tumor. Instead of wondering “Why Me?” Linda decided she would fight. Even after a right frontal craniotomy landed her in a coma for 6 weeks, she fought. Even though her prognosis was grim, she fought – through numerous strokes, seizures, she never once gave up.
In July of 2017, Linda received the dreaded news she had developed yet another brain tumor that had triggered a massive brain bleed. She received transfusions of 30 units of packed platelets and 5 units of whole blood to stabilize her.
On October 31st, 2017, Linda decided she wanted no more treatments and was released to hospice care where she could fight – on her own terms. Sadly, on November 7th, 2017, Linda left this world… but not our hearts.
So, on Wednesday, June 13th, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, we ask that you join us in honoring Linda by donating blood at the Community Care College/OBI Blood Drive. Since Linda was 67 years young, we endeavor to collect 67 units of donated blood products in her honor.
Please show your support by sharing this story on social media by using the hashtag, #LovingLinda.
Linda Colleen Patterson
January 22, 1950 – November 7th, 2017
From the Desk of Monica Simmons, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
For more information about the blood drive on June 13th, or for more information of programs at Community Care College, please call (918)610-0027.