Memorial blood drive held for Spc. Micheal "Pokey" Phillips

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

ARDMORE, OK - Blood donors at Mountain View Mall did more than save lives, they remembered one.

For the third year in a row the Oklahoma Blood Institute has held the Specialist Micheal "Pokey" Phillips memorial blood drive.

"Michael was an old soul but the class clown at the same time. He had very caring heart. But he always had the right thing to make you laugh no matter how stressed out you were," said Angelia Phillips--Micheal's mother.

She said her son was a killed by an IED while serving in Iraq in 2008.
Angelia said her son was a 2006 graduate of Ardmore High School and an avid blood donor.

"This is just one of the ways we celebrate how he lived his life, which is the more important story than how he lost his life," said Angelia.

Angelia's goal is to collect 101 donations because Micheal served in the 101st Airborne Division while in the Army.

Tessa Green with OBI hopes having a specific cause will inspire donors.

"Another way to get kind of a different group of people out, people that aren't giving at their business or community drives," Green.

Angelia said people are donating in Micheal's memory in Germany, Turkey and other cities in the U.S.

Micheal's friend Cortney Cormier was one of those who came to honor him right here at home.

"Remember him and what he did for us and what he sacrificed," said Cormier. "A little thing I could do is just give blood and help out someone else."

By the end of Saturday 31 units of blood were collected, which can save 93 lives.


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