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Chaminade Grad Continues Habit of Giving Gift of Life

Christopher Quigley among Bellmore residents who gave blood in memory of local dentist.

Christopher Quigley has a habit of giving, and used it to help save the lives of others as part of a memorial blood drive at the .

Quigley, who from , is already a veteran when it comes to donating blood to the needy.

“For the past two years at my high school, we’ve been donating blood every semester,” he said. “It kind of became force of habit, and giving the gift of life is a good habit to have.”

Adult services librarian Patti Paris noted that the blood drive was being held in memory of Dr. Leonard Schreiber, local resident who lost a valiant battle against cancer last year.

“He was a dentist and he lived in Bellmore for many years,” she said. “His wife, Emily Schreiber, is on the library’s Board of Trustees, so we’re doing this today in his honor.”

Paris said that she had achieved a special milestone in her blood donation efforts.

“I’m part of the ‘Gallon Club’ of the Long Island Blood Services,” she said. “I give on a regular basis, because I know how important it is to give blood, especially in the summer when their supplies are running low.”

While all blood types are needed, Long Island Blood Services especially tends to be on the lookout for Type O-Negative, otherwise known as the “universal donor” type, according to Baptispe.

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