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Grandson's need reason enough for Ellsworth woman to donate blood

Annette Pullen got started giving blood when she was just out of high school.

"I saw a sign about it, so I decided to do it," Pullen said Friday.

She couldn't have then known how her help to others would be repaid in her own family. Just a couple of years ago, her five-year-old grandson, Dylan, was diagnosed with leukemia and needed to have a series of blood transfusions initially.

His grandmother said her blood-giving had been erratic at first, but has become more consistent in recent years. She now tries to attend the American Red Cross Bloodmobile at least twice annually. The bloodmobile will be at Zion Covenant Church in Ellsworth again Monday, May 20, from noon to 6 p.m.

"I've given the most blood since I've lived here," she said, estimating that's been the case for the last eight years.

Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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