There was an extra-special blood drive last week to honor the accomplishments and memories of two Glens Falls greats. The blood drive Wednesday at the Glens Falls YMCA, honored Dave Strader, who began his hockey play-by-play career in 1979 with the Adirondack Red Wings and went on to a stellar career broadcasting in the NHL and on national TV. Ken Hand flew Air Craft for the U.S. Army including air ambulances and he conducted search and rescue missions. Both Strader and Hand died from rare and aggressive forms of Bile Duct Cancer. Hand's 19-year-old daughter Stephanie set up the big event.
Stephanie is now following in her father's footsteps. She's a cadet in the Air Force ROTC program at Siena. She's planning to make the memorial blood drive an annual event and she says her dad would be very proud.
A family from North Carolina is currently in Utah. They were visiting family and their son was taken to the emergency room with a migraine. Unfortunately, they found out that it is a brain tumor, so they are staying in Utah for a while while the 8-year-old undergoes treatment. But, when they left North Carolina, it was only supposed to be for a visit so they left their 8-month-old German Shepherd home with friends. Well, a long haul truck driver caught wind of what was going on and volunteered to drive the puppy from North Carolina to Utah so that the little boy could have his best friend with him while he undergoes treatment.