Blood-Drive Advocate To Be Honored This Weekend

Steve Miller
August 24, 2018 - 3:49 pm

courtesy: Judy Socha

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- An Addison woman who has dedicated the past four decades to promoting blood donation is marching in her hometown's parade this Sunday to help LifeSource.

The story begins in 1971, just after Ricky Socha turned 5.

"He was going to go to kindergarten in the fall. And on July 19, he didn't feel well -- tummy ache, high fever,” Judy Socha recalled.

Her son, Ricky, was diagnosed with leukemia. She and her church had a blood drive.

But there's a constant need for blood.

She remembers a girl who was in the hospital at the same time and how her parents begged people to donate blood because there was a shortage.

"And I guess it was then, besides knowing what my son had gone through, that I decided, you have got to make a big difference in the world. We've got to make sure there is blood for everybody,” Socha said.

Ricky Socha died in 1976, just shy of his 10th birthday.

Judy Socha is now 76. She has donated more than 100 pints of blood in her life. 

Go to LifeSource to learn more about blood donations.