Corporate Recognition

United for Life
Dr. Dennis Todd, president and CEO of the blood center, announces the kick-off of the center’s new United For Life program, which will make blood available as needed at no cost to family members of those killed in the World Trade Center disaster and to family members of police and firefighters who perish in the line of duty.
Community Blood Services has launched a program to benefit families of 9-11 victims and local police and firemen who perish in the line of duty.
Through the blood center's newly established United for Life…a Survivor's Program, spouses and dependents of victims of the September 11th attack will be eligible to receive blood and blood products, such as plasma and platelets, free of charge. The program has been expanded to also provide blood as needed to family members of firefighters and police within our communities who perish in the line of duty.
During the program's kickoff at the Linwood Avenue blood center, Dr. Dennis Todd, CBS president and ceo, explained that the program will be sponsored by area corporations and community-based organizations.
"Companies and organizations can support United for Life by sponsoring blood drives, providing annual grants or establishing matching gift programs," said Dr. Todd. "We have had numerous calls from the corporate community and it is clear that they are very interested in supporting this worthwhile endeavor."
"This program gives our community the opportunity to show support for our local police and firefighters," said Paramus Councilman James Tedesco, who is also the police commissioner and a former firefighter. "It will benefit the families of those who put their lives on the line everyday for us."
Marsh USA Inc., which lost 295 employees during the World Trade Center tragedy, is the first local corporation to sign on as a sponsor. Its Morristown office has a blood drive planned for February 19th.
"Our employees want to do something for their lost colleagues," said Anton Schmitt, senior vice president of Marsh USA. "By participating in blood drives twice a year, we have the opportunity to help the families of those lost in this terrible tragedy."
Among those attending the November 30th press conference to announce the start of CBS’ United for Life program were (from left) Dr. Dennis Todd, the center’s president/ceo; Susan Mysliwiec, director of donor recruitment; Kathy Murray, president of the Ridgewood Blood Donors Assn.; Paramus Councilman and Police Commissioner James Tedesco; Ridgewood Mayor Jane Reilly; Ritzy Moralez, casework supervisor for Congressman Bill Pascrell’s 8th District congressional office; and Anton Schmitt, senior vice president of Marsh USA.
Anton Schmitt (right), vice president of Marsh USA Inc., joins with Dr. Dennis Todd, CBS president/ceo, to announce plans for a blood drive at Marsh’s Morristown office on February 19th to support the United for Life program.
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