Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 18 Blood Drive in Memory of Partick Wilcox

The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in memory of Patrick Wilcox from noon until 5pm Tuesday, December 18th at The Arc's Lehman Building (KidStart), 5871 Groveland Station Road in Groveland.

"Patrick was a true inspiration who never allowed his disability to interfere with his dreams," says The Arc's Jevon Cassidy, who was Patrick's Service Coordinator. "Although Patrick relied on caregivers to assist him with everyday living due to his accident in high school that left him facing life as a quadriplegic, he was admirably motivated. He never allowed any setbacks to get in his way, although there were certainly many."

Patrick was a full-time student at SUNY Brockport striving to get his Master's Degree in History, with a goal of becoming a professor at this very same college. Patrick initially received his Associate’s Degree at Genesee Community College, where he graduated Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.98. In pursuit of this dream, Patrick traveled to Knoxville University in Tennessee and Niagara University as a guest speaker on the Vietnam War.

Patrick took part in a variety of community activities. He was a committed member of the Grange, Knights of Columbus, a founding member of the Education Club at Genesee Community College, and a lecturer at masses at his Catholic church. Patrick was an avid collector of frog-related memorabilia, which filled his bedroom. To Patrick, FROG stood for "Fully Rely On God," which was his personal philosophy.

Patrick passed away fighting his everyday battle, but continued to give back to the community, even in his passing. He donated his body for others who might benefit.

Those inspired by Partick's life may arrange an appointment to give blood by calling Arc Administrative Assistant Mary Tuso at 585-658-2828 or visiting Walk-ins are also welcome.

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