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Motorcyclists, M.D. Anderson collect blood for Victoria resident (Video)

By Carolina Astrain
Sept. 22, 2012 at 4:22 a.m.
Updated Sept. 23, 2012 at 4:23 a.m.

Francine Murray holds her grandson Korbyn in July 2012.

IF YOU GIVE

• WHAT: Francine Murray's family said even with the blood collected at her drive, the leukemia patient will need more blood and platelets when she returns to Victoria.

• WHERE: South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, 1109 Sam Houston Dr.

•  CONTACT: 361-576-3651

Francine Murray learned she had acute leukemia in late April.

The Victoria resident was a few days away from going on a business trip to Las Vegas before she was given the news at Citizens Medical Center.

"She would have died on the trip if she hadn't gone to the doctor before leaving," said her mother, Gloria Hofer.

Hofer and about a dozen other green-shirted family members set up camp in front of the Harley-Davidson dealership near downtown Victoria.

The bike shop and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center sponsored a blood drive Saturday afternoon in hopes of collecting enough reserves for the 51-year-old cancer patient.

The co-owner of the shop, Dawn Euton said she went to high school with Murray.

"We haven't seen each other in years," Euton said. "When I heard about her condition, I volunteered to have the drive here."

Blood drives are nothing new for the dealership, every year they bring bikers together for a general drive.

"This time they especially designated it for Francine," Hofer said.

Other groups that had their bikes parked outside the shop on Saturday included the Disabled American Veterans, a poker run and two bands that performed earlier in the day.

"The primary focus today has been getting as many people as we could for the blood drive," said event coordinator Frank Ardoin. "We've gotten about 60 units so far but we were shooting for 100."

Hofer said her daughter went into remission in August.

"With the grace of God, I'm sure it'll all work out," Hofer said. "I know she's going to be OK."

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