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Family of Stu Woodcock hosts memorial blood drive Saturday

— Stu Woodcock was a very active member of the village of Fayetteville and surrounding area. Stu, his wife Mary Jane and newborn son Tim moved to the Brookside neighborhood in 1976, as a result of a job relocation and a desire to be closer to his family in Oneida. Their daughter Tori was born a few years later. Both children went to Fayetteville-Manlius Schools.

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Stu Woodcock

Stu worked at New Process Gear for more than 30 years and retired in 2001. His service to the community involved Boy Scout Troop 51, the Sabattis Beaver Weekend committee with the Longhouse Council of the Boy Scouts, the Fayetteville Zoning Board of Appeals and the United Church of Fayetteville. He was also a life member of the Fayetteville Fire Department and a volunteer at the Erieville Fire Department.

In 2010, Stu was diagnosed with Myleodysplastic Syndrome. MDS is a bone marrow disorder in which not enough new red blood cells are generated. Severe anemia is often the result, leading to fatigue. Stu was always an active man, so he strived to keep active in the community. He always kept an upbeat outlook, so few people knew he was sick. Unfortunately, his form of the disease was very rare, effecting less than 1 percent of MDS patients.

After a long fight, Stu passed away May 1, 2012. His family is very grateful for the outpouring of support received by the community in the past several months.

Throughout the course of his disease, Stu received more than 200 blood transfusions from generous donors. Because of these anonymous heroes, he was able to spend more time with his family and try new treatments. Earlier this year, he expressed interest in hosting a blood drive to increase awareness and help others who depend on blood donations. Since he was unable to do this, his family is fulfilling his wishes.

The blood drive will be held in Stu’s memory from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St. If you are able, please consider donating. Due to the anticipated demand, please make an appointment by contacting his daughter Tori at trailblazertori@gmail.com or calling the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVELIFE. Appointment holders will be given priority over walk-ins, and let the Red Cross ensure there are enough staff and supplies on hand.

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