By: Jonathan Adams
Last year a blood drive was held for Matt Romig, a Javelina defensive player with cancer, in Kingsville, Texas. His girlfriend, Kirby Ellason, plans to hold another blood drive on Sept. 26 in his honor in front of the university bookstore from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ellason began spreading fliers containing all the information about the blood drive about two weeks ago after it was determined that Coastal Bend Blood Center in Corpus Christi, Texas would be helping with the donations.
“I really just want to get the awareness out,” Ellason said.
Romig, an Electrical Engineering major who was in the running for All-American player and an All-Conference athlete, an aware for athletes with high GPAs, recently went into remission for cancer.
“He’s a great guy,” Ellason said. “It’s unfortunate that this happened to him.”
His cancerous opponent was titled Blastic Plasmactoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN), an opponent he tackled headfirst.
The cancer is a rare form of leukemia that manifests in skin lesions and attacks the lymph system and other organs.
Although Romig is currently in remission, he and his girlfriend simply have the goal to raise awareness about how helpful donating blood is.
Ellason hopes to help someone the same way someone else helped her boyfriend.
“I want to do it in his honor,” Ellason said. “When I donated the first time, I felt like I was saving someone’s life.”
Everyone is encouraged to come and have his or her blood taken and possibly used for someone who desperately needs it.
Those who participate will also receive a free t-shirt and a coupon to Stars.
Additionally, anyone who comes will have their blood pre-examined and within six weeks they will receive a card that proves their dedication to donating blood and shows what their own blood type is.