Memorial Blood Drive Honors Teacher

Today dozens of people gathered for a memorial blood drive to honor Jim Johnston. Last spring Jim passed away after being hit by a car while riding his bike.

Jed Johnston is one of Jim's four brothers. He said Jim lived his life with a smile.

"Get what you can out of life and don’t live life like it’s your last day," he remembers Jim saying. "Live it like it's your first day full of imagination."

Today Jed giving blood in memory of his brother who helped collect thousands of pints of blood in his lifetime. During blood drives at school, he shared his passion with his students.

He remembers Jim telling his students, "How do you give back to your community, what do you do to help others? I think that’s what Jim was about."

The drive bus was filled with people, almost every seat inside was taken up by a volunteer. Some people knew Jim, others didn't, but they all said it was a good day to remember a great life.

Richard Wilson was one of the people in the hot seat. He is an avid bicyclist, just like Jim, and donates blood often. He said he didn't know Jim personally but that he knew he would want him to give back.

"I have O positive and its easy for everyone to use," he said. "I don't know, I just like giving back."

It's that kind of unselfish giving that Jed hopes will keep the memory of his brother alive.


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