2nd Annual “Sonny” Rush Blood Drive

Published: Nov. 16, 2023 at 8:49 PM CST
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The second ever “Sonny” Rush Blood Drive was held Thursday in memory of the Meridian surgeon.

All blood types as well as platelets were accepted.

Callie Waite, Dr. Rush’s daughter, spoke about what it meant for her to be able to honor her father in this way.

“He gave back to this community in so many different ways. He started Rush Sports Medicine here. He worked for over 25 years and did over 20,000 surgeries for this community and the extended greater community of Meridian. And so he was such a wonderful asset to our community and gave back,” said Waite. “And so this is just my way to give back in his honor. So my dad had AML, acute myeloid leukemia, and you just never know when you or your family are going to need a blood transfusion and to get blood. And so it’s just really important to give back to those who really need it. And you never know, it could be yourself or it could be your loved one, and just so many people out there that really need it.”

Donors received a nice t-shirt. The goal was to collect 40 units of blood or greater, and to increase that goal each year.