LE ROY — The entire community is invited to join the family and friends of Buddy Oderkirk to help save lives by donating blood through the American Red Cross from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at The American Legion 53 West Main St. in his memory.
A 2014 graduate of Pavilion High School where he was fourth in his class, Oderkirk was a member of National Honor Society. He loved traveling and following his high school graduation he took an 11-day European vacation where he fell in love with Switzerland.
An accomplished wrestler throughout high school, Buddy began wrestling at the age of 6. He served as a mentor to many younger wrestlers and volunteered much of his time to ensure their success.
He was a student at Genesee Community College with the aspirations to transfer to Monroe Community College to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. A member of Genesee County 4-H and the NIOGA Holstein Club. He enjoyed trading sports cards, playing fantasy football and loved listening to music.
Through out all of his treatment he never complained and was always the epitome of grace, hope and most of all kindness, the event’s organizers said in a news release.
“To know Buddy was to understand what it meant to be the bigger person and to always remain true to who you are regardless of the circumstances,” they said.
Oderkirk was diagnosed with fourth-stage Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in May 2015, just before his 18th birthday. He was determined to beat it and went into a 54-week treatment plan with a tenacity that left many in admiration.
Oderkirk lost his battle on Nov. 15, 2016. This blood drive is to honor the strength and memory.
According to the Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. All blood types are needed.
Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Those who are 17 years old (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.