Susie Quiroz went swimming on Sunday afternoon over Memorial Day weekend in 2004 and hit her head, causing internal bleeding.
She was flown to Tulsa where she underwent surgery and needed several liters of blood.
“When she needed blood, he was there for her,” said father Wayne McCombs.
McCombs, executive director of the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, began holding twice-yearly blood drives at the museum to help.
“I couldn’t do anything, but I could do it,” he said.
JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum has been running blood drives for 11 years and has collected more than 270 units, he said.
“We succeeded,” he said.
McCombs said he collected 10 to 30 units of blood each collection.
Ladonna Shrum has been giving blood on and off for 15-20 years and said there was no particular reason she was donating.
“If I ever need it, I hope it’s there,” she said.
Upcoming blood drives through the American Red Cross in Rogers County include:
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 16 at BancFirst Lynn Riggs, 1698 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd.
• 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. May 29 at Oologah United Methodist Church, 5834 E. 4140 Rd.
• 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. June 2 at RCB Bank, 511 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
• 12-6 p.m. June 7 at the Claremore Church of the Nazarene, 1336 N. Dorothy Ave.
• 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. June 7 at Hillcrest Claremore Hospital, 1202 N. Muskogee.