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‘A Pint for Kim’ hosts event with Marquee Sports Network, previewing third-annual blood drive May 7

2 years agoStaff Report

Following an eight-year fight with a rare form of cancer, Kim Sandford passed away in early 2020, but her spirit lives on through a record-setting blood drive each year led by her friends and family.

On Thursday afternoon, ‘A Pint for Kim’ hosted a special mobile blood drive outside Wrigley Field for Marquee Sports Network and Chicago Cubs employees. The event served as a preview for the third-annual ‘A Pint for Kim’ Blood Drive being held on Saturday, May 7 at the J.A. Air Center in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Marquee Sports Network’s Ryan Sweeney was one of the individuals donating blood earlier this afternoon, supporting a cause near to the heart of his family, who have been long-time friends with Kim’s family.

“It’s always special to get to remember Kim and to donate blood to help save lives,” said Sweeney. “Anything I can do to raise awareness for people to get out and donate blood is always an easy call.”

The event this Saturday marks the third-annual blood drive, an event organized by Kim’s family, which has grown in to the largest single-day, single-location blood drive in Illinois.

Kristyn Benedyk, Kim’s sister and one of the organizers of the event, notes that the blood drive is really a one-day festival celebrating Kim’s life complete with plane rides, a car show, live music, raffles, food trucks, carnival games and inflatables – all for free for people donating blood and volunteering at the event.

“I think Kim would have been really proud and happy to see what we’ve created in her memory … we are committed to being an organization that never tries to raise money, instead we just want to raise awareness and host blood drives and celebrate all the lives we’re able to save because of it.”

For more information on ‘A Pint for Kim’ and the blood drive this weekend, visit https://apintforkim.com/3rd-annual-apfk-blood-drive/

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