Woody and Peggy McIntosh, with son Josh, accept the MBS Special Ambassadors Award from David Allen, MBS President and CEO.
Woody and Peggy McIntosh, with son Josh, accept the MBS Special Ambassadors Award from David Allen, MBS President and CEO.
Germantown Middle School student Josh McIntosh has been battling brain cancer since last March and has required countless units of blood and platelets and Madison countians have pitched in to help.

Mississippi Blood Services honored his family with the 2017 Special Ambassador Award at its annual meeting recently.

Germantown High School was also recognized for its successful blood drives.

 The school last fall collected 130 units of blood. The spring drive will generate between 150-175 units.

“Those who receive blood and the members of their families are always our best spokespersons,” Susan Ates with Mississippi Blood Services said. “The McIntosh family has been in constant contact with MBS, wanting to know the best way to encourage donors not only for Josh, but for all those in need.”

Josh’s mother, Peggy, said Mississippi Blood Services has been incredible to her family.

“Anything we’ve needed, they’ve come through,” she said. “We always gave but it’s totally different now when you see an actual impact it can have. You just never know that you’re going to need it until you need it.”

Germantown High School was named by Mississippi Blood Services as the top school in the region for its valiant efforts over last year in recruiting donors and hosting a blood drive each semester.

“They look outside their wheelhouse to promote the drive, as well, creating huge banners to hang throughout the school hallways,” Ates said. “The students also handle recruiting their classmates and sign-ups and work as volunteers during the blood drive.”

Ashley McClain, chair of the GHS blood drive, enlists her Health Science students for each event. McClain was a nurse for 13 years and understands the importance of donating blood.

“People need blood to survive and the process of donating is super easy,” she said.

It’s encouraging to see students, especially, giving where there is a need.