Nebraska Community Blood Bank

The Nebraska Community Blood Bank's new Omaha donor center at 121st and Pacific Streets will open to donors Tuesday, April 30.

The Nebraska Community Blood Bank will host a blood drive Saturday on the site of its new Omaha donation center, which opens to donors Tuesday.

Saturday’s annual drive honors the late Bob and Kathy Joyce, Omaha natives who were married for 35 years and died of cancer within weeks of each other in June 2016.

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Son Skip Joyce of Omaha, one of the couple’s three children, said his parents were able to battle cancer a little longer thanks to blood donors. Joyce and his wife, Katy, organized the drive.

“People often asked us what they could do, how they could help,” Joyce said in a statement. “So we asked them to donate blood in their memory to help other people who are sick.

“They were both blood donors, and being able to honor their legacy by helping save lives is something that would be very special to them.”

The blood drive will be outside the Blood Bank’s donor center at 12100 Pacific St. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. But donors will be able to get a sneak peek of the new center. To make an appointment, visit donor.ncbb.org and enter the sponsor code JMBD.

The Nebraska Community Blood Bank supplies most of the blood for Nebraska Medicine and Methodist Health System under a three-year contract approved last fall.

Julie Anderson is a medical reporter for The World-Herald. She covers health care and health care trends and developments, including hospitals, research and treatments. Follow her on Twitter @JulieAnderson41. Phone: 402-444-1066.

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