Replacement blood drive for Heber teacher

June 10, 2002

set Thursday

Staff Report

The Heber Teachers' Association and Uniserv of Imperial County are sponsoring a replacement blood drive for one of their own, Jesus Salgado, who recently was diagnosed with cancer.

The drive will be Thursday at the American Legion Hall, 569 Broadway in El Centro. Donations will be accepted from 1 to 5 p.m.

Salgado, a teacher for the Heber School District, is undergoing chemotherapy and stem cell replacement therapy at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. It is likely that, if he hasn't received blood yet, he will in the future.


The idea to hold the drive for Salgado came from fellow teacher Sharon Edgar following April's successful blood drive at Alford Distributing for El Centro residents Frank Barros and Ed Quan.

"When someone's seriously ill, people want to show their support and help in some way," said blood drive coordinator Trish Burich-McNeece. "Giving blood in someone's name is a great way to do that."

"The blood donated at this drive will not only help Mr. Salgado but will help ensure blood is available for the next person who needs it," she added.

Besides being a teacher, Salgado is a Vietnam veteran and is active in the Los Vigilantes and the Calexico 20/30 club.

For those who would like to donate blood for Salgado but can't make Thursday's drive, donations in his name can be made at any of the open-to-the-public blood drives.

For a schedule of drives, call 353-3554 or go to and click on Imperial Valley drives.

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