The Atlanta History Center will be hosting the American Red Cross for a blood drive on July 18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. While the blood supply being down 50-percent in the region from this time last year is the main issue driving this story there is another, more personal tale behind the scenes being told — one related to a recovered victim of the "Buckhead Massacre" that occurred back in 1999 and left nine people dead and wounded 20 others.
11alive is reporting that Meredith Forrester, who was shot in the back during the rampage and told she had a 1 in 1,000 chance of surviving, not only feels that she owes her life to the Red Cross but is also now serving as chair of the board of directors of the American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region.
Forrester's passion for her current position stems from the fact that, had the shootings happened two days earlier, blood supplies in the region would have been too low to save her.
Read or watch more about her inspirational story of recovery and how she is currently making a difference here.