A special blood drive was dedicated to a Hannibal resident who is fighting her fifth battle with cancer, offering a chance to give back to someone who gives to her community.
Community members had the chance at a blood drive Wednesday to offer assistance to a community member who has been lending a helping hand for years.
Debbie Catlett has touched the lives of many in Hannibal, through roles ranging from executive director of the Hannibal Nutrition Center to member of Early Bird Kiwanis Club, where she has been involved in selecting students for scholarships as they graduate from HHS.
Catlett is a four-time cancer survivor, and is battling stage four lung cancer. The American Red Cross offered donations from the event to help fund her medical expenses, and supporters were eager to give blood for a friend who needs their help.
Gwen Roy said she met Catlett during the first Brew Skies Music Festival, and she has been helping with the event that ensures the Hannibal Nutrition Center can continue to provide the senior Meals on Wheels food delivery program. “I always give blood, and it just happened that it fell at a time when I could help Debbie, so I was really glad I could,” she said. The theme of giving back was strong throughout the room. “That's what I like to do,” Roy said.
Pam Grebes said she was happy for the chance to help out her friend. “This is being done in her honor, so I'm here to support her,” she said. “It's a good feeling to be able to help her. She's done so much for the Nutrition Center and for the community.”