Friday marks one year since 29-year-old Meighan Johansen lost her battle with cervical cancer. Friends and family of the woman are honoring her memory with a special blood drive Saturday.
Johansen was a wife, mother and special education teacher at the Papillion-La Vista School District.
During her time battling cancer, she was the recipient of many blood transfusions.
Friends say the "Hope Blood Drive" is the perfect way to keep her memory and generous spirit alive.
“Meighan was the most genuine and inspiring person I have ever known,” said friend Carissa Husbands. “She always had hope and told us not to give up.”
The community is also invited to donate new or gently-used shoes at the Hope Blood Drive.
Organizers will donate the shoes collected to Soles4Souls, a global non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty.
Hope Blood Drive:
Saturday, March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Papillion-La Vista High School, 402 Cary St. in Papillion.