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Bar News - January 21, 2015

Blood Drive Feb. 20 Honors Manchester Attorney

William Brennan
Members of the NH legal community are encouraged to donate blood to the American Red Cross during a drive next month in honor of Manchester attorney William Brennan, who is recovering from a serious and rare blood disorder called Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) diagnosed earlier this year. TTP is a disorder where blood clots form in small vessels of the body blocking oxygen rich blood to organs.

Brennan’s medical team made a quick diagnosis and proceeded to treat him with blood infusions. His friends and colleagues are grateful that he was able to receive all the units of blood he needed, and are asking the legal community to take the time and donate blood to the American Red Cross between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb 20, at the Red Cross Donation Center, 425 Reservoir Avenue, in Manchester.

Donors who are unable to attend the scheduled blood drive can go to or call 1-800-RED CROSS to set up an appointment at the “Manchester Fixed Site.” The entire blood donation center will be dedicated to the Brennan drive on Feb. 20.

While advances in medicine have lessened the demand for blood transfusions, the need for blood donors remains great. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. That comes to a total of 41,000 blood donations needed every day.

According to the Red Cross, blood donations tend to drop significantly in winter, so donations are sorely needed. If you’ve never donated blood before, it is a simple, four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments. The actual blood donation is a safe process that typically takes 10 to 12 minutes. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and is then discarded. The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his or her body. About one pint is given during a donation.

A version of this message was distributed via email earlier this month to NH Bar members who are on the SOLACE voluntary email list administered by the NH Bar Association.

SOLACE, which stands for Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Concern Encouraged, is a mutual information and aid network to help New Hampshire lawyers, judges, courthouse or law firm employees, or their family members, who have suffered a loss, illness or injury and have an unmet need. It can be a need for clothes due to a fire, a need for blood due to an injury or illness, a need for transportation or lodging during a hospital stay in a city away from home, or other unique or unusual needs.

SOLACE is not a list service for public service announcements or a prayer list. It is not used to raise funds or recruit employees. It is set up only to serve immediate needs that have arisen as a result of a crisis event in a colleague’s life.

If you are aware of a circumstance that matches this description, you can notify SOLACE, which will distribute an email message to all participating New Hampshire Bar Association members. Read more about how SOLACE works.

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