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The Flame Keeps Burning in Panhandle.

Ali Allison
NewsChannel10

Panhandle, TX--One Panhandle family has made a community blood drive a yearly memorial for their son who was taken from them suddenly.

"Blaze was very loving boy he was a tenderhearted, he befriended everyone that came into contact with him,"says dad, Terry Coffee.

This year for what would have been Blaze's 21st birthday, the towns of Panhandle, Groom, White Deer, Booker and Darrouzett came together for the first "Blaze Coffee Memorial Blood Drive".

As of Tuesday they have raised 304 units, that's three days worth of blood for our area. This is something the Coffee family and friends will do every year to help others.

Blaze received around a 100 units of blood over 28 days in the hospital. He passed away last September 8th.

Coffee Memorial Blood Center says accidents in the summer months are high. "Lots of tings happen in the summer, lots of travelers coming through Amarillo, creates more traffic, its the blood supply at Coffee that meets those needs,"said Dr. Jim Rutledge, CEO, Coffee Memorial Blood Center.

You have until August 21st to donate in Blazes honor. You will receive a pink T shirts designed especially for Blaze. He always said" Real men wear pink."

Blazes friends and family are hoping to get 400 units and more by the August 21st deadline.

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