Community remembers Nick Ressler with 22nd blood drive

August 24, 2023

It began with community — and 22 years later, community is what sustains the annual Nick Ressler Blood Drive. 

When 14-year-old Concordian Nick Ressler became critically ill in 2001, blood transfusions afforded him the opportunity to continue to be a kid in the community — attending school, hanging out with friends and family and extending his life for several months. 

Three hundred donors rolled up their sleeves for Nick, and the community has continued to roll up its sleeves each year for all the other Nicks who need the precious gift of blood.

In the more than two decades since the first Nick Ressler Blood Drive, more than 3,200 individuals have been helped by the donated blood. Become part of this ongoing Concord community tradition on Saturday, September 16, when the Mass General Bloodmobile will be at the Beede Swim and Fitness Center from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for the 22nd Annual Nick Ressler Blood Drive.

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