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      A special blood drive held in memory of David Hall

      A special blood drive was held Wednesday in memory of a special Kirksville man.

      Former Kirksville Regional Airport Director, David Hall, died in 2013 following a four-year fight with cancer.

      Hall's family along with the American Red Cross and the City of Kirksville, hosted a blood drive last year in his honor. it was so successful that they decided to hold one again this year.

      The Red Cross says this drive at the NEMO Fairgrounds came at a good time.

      "Typically in the summer, it's tough for us. We're doing fine right now on units. But as schools are letting out and vacations start, we tend to see a slow down in blood donations," said Audrey Hamlin of the American Red Cross.

      Blood collected at the David Hall Memorial Blood Drive could help many patients, including those with cancer. Some cancer patients require daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment.

      In February 2009, Hall was diagnosed with myleofibrosis, a blood cancer. That cancer transformed to a more life-threatening form of leukemia, which eventually took his life. Hall had received more than 30 units of blood and platelets as part of his treatment.