Several years ago I had the pleasure of attending a Gift-of-Life Marathon at the Paramount Theater where hundreds gathered to greet neighbors and do something vitally important for the community. The scene was lively and well-run. A record number of donations were collected. Rutland became a national icon.
This yearís Marathon means more to Rutland than any other. Collecting much-needed blood will save lives. And collecting more blood than any other one-day drive in the nation will confirm what many of us know: Rutland has the community spirit it takes to do big things.
I hope you will participate in this important Rutland community effort and that you will help the Marathon reach a goal no other city in the nation has ever achieved.
The Gift-of-Life Marathon is coming this Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Paramount will accept walk-ins and other locations are scheduling appointments. Call 800-RED-CROSS or visit www.giftoflifemarathon.com.
I and all Vermonters will be cheering for Rutland next Tuesday.
Rep. PETER WELCH
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