Miriam Curry, who is celebrating her 23rd birthday Friday, is asking others to join in the celebration by giving the gift of life during her rose themed blood drive.
Curry was born with a blood disorder called diamond-blackfan anemia, which caused her body to be unable to produce the red blood cells needed to maintain her blood supply.
For years, Miriam depended on transfusions and received blood almost every three weeks. She no longer needs transfusions, but after years of receiving blood, shes knows how important donating blood is.
All units collected at Friday's Roses Blood Drive will honor Miriam and stock hospital shelves.
The Roses Blood Drive will be held Friday fro noon until 7pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Earlysville Road in Charlottesville.