Mark Buciak and Old St. Pat’s Honored by The American Red Cross
Sunday, April 23, 2017
“The American Red Cross is proud to honor extraordinary people in our community who have made a difference in the lives of others at home and around the world,” said Celena Roldán, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “From the marathon runner who’s been leading blood drives for two decades, the high school student who is addressing a need for homeless women, to the 82-year old volunteer who has comforted hundreds of families after home fires – we are reminded that any person can be a hero at any time, any age, or any place.”
Additional honorees were selected in 11 community service categories. They were chosen by a committee of leaders in the business and civic community. The 2017 American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast honorees include the following group of local standouts.
Mark Buciak of Chicago is the Blood Services Hero. A parishioner of the famed Old St. Patrick’s Church in the West Loop, Buciak started an annual blood drive in 1996 in honor of his father. It’s now one of the largest in the city, collecting more than 1,500 life-saving units of blood over the past two decades. The elite distance runner – who has participated in more than 60 marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2013 when bombs killed three people and injured hundreds of others – was deeply affected by the tragedy and continues to collect blood as a celebration of life.
On behalf of the Old St. Patrick’s Community, Mark, thank you for over 20 years of amazing Blood Drives and your dedication to saving lives and sharing the precious gift of life in doing so. For more information, please contact Beth Marek, Director of Outreach 312.831.9361 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATES:
Blood Drive Meet ‘n Greet | Thursday, April 27 | 4-7 pm | 711 W. Monroe, Rm. 21
For all former volunteers to celebrate this huge milestone. Drop in and congratulate Mark on an amazing “run” here at OSP and sign up to help out again in November 2017.
OSP John Buciak Memorial-American Red Cross Blood Drive | Sunday, November 12