As a married couple with children grown and away from home, Harry and Alicia Nickens find themselves doing a lot of activities together. On Friday morning, they did something that is expected to help save the lives of at least six people.
The Nickenses began their Friday by donating blood at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. The blood drive was held in conjunction with the Central Kentucky Blood Center and collected 36 units of blood.
"Giving blood is something we try to do as often as we can, and we felt an urgent need to do so now since the blood supply is at a critical level," said Nickens, president of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation.
Alicia, herself a registered nurse, said, "Giving blood is simple and takes less than an hour, but the gift lasts a lifetime for those individuals who receive it."