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7th annual blood drive honors Cicero teen killed in 2011 crash

Taylor Fleming

A blood drive was held Thursday in memory of Taylor Fleming, who was a senior at Cicero-North Syracuse High School when she was killed in a car crash at the age of 17.

Fleming was driving home from doing volunteer work in December of 2011 when she was involved in a two-car crash, according to the Red Cross. She was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries but died a few days later.

Fleming's family and friends have hosted a blood drive every January since 2012. They say she received 70 units of blood in the hospital, and they use the annual blood drive as a way to give back for the help Fleming received.

The Red Cross said to date 708 blood donations have been given in Taylor’s memory, which may have helped up to 2,124 patients with serious health conditions.

The blood drive was held Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Drivers Village in Cicero.

To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org

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