Ariel Fishman writes to all Chairpeople challenging them to add a summer blood drive.

Dear Chairperson,

It was so nice to meet many of you at the annual New Jersey Chairperson & Volunteer Recognition Reception at Liberty House on Thursday, April 16.  With the breathtaking view, delicious food, camaraderie, and the opportunity to celebrate your incredible efforts, it was a very special evening.

As you know, during my recovery from my accident three years ago, I was inspired by so many of my family and friends who wanted to help and who pledged to give blood.  I continue to be so grateful for the blood drives that you host for people like me. In fact, some of you came up to me during dessert to share your own inspiring stories of receiving donated blood.

It has been very important to me to continue to encourage others to pay it forward, by sharing my story and yours. 

Because I know how difficult the upcoming summer period the New Jersey Blood Services, I would like to challenge you to schedule just one more blood drive this summer June – August. 

You can share my story to encourage your donors and use my name…. we’ll call it Ariel’s Summer Challenge! A short video of my experience can be seen on YouTube.

Please contact your account manager or Recruitment Director, Marie Forrestal at or 732-220-7184 to take this challenge and schedule your additional summer blood drive.  Together we can continue to build awareness about the need for blood and help area patients.

Thank you for hosting blood drives and for going the extra mile. I truly appreciate all that you do to help people like me.


Ariel Fishman