Saturday, January 5, 2013

Courtney Nash Memorial Blood Drive Today


TITUSVILLE, Florida --The Florida Blood Centers will hold a Courtney Nash Memorial Blood Drive on the Big Red Bus parked in the Walmart parking lot in Titusville, Florida from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

 
The blood drive will provide donors with a free fandango movie ticket, water, juice, and snacks.


For more information, contact PJ Nash at (321) 302-0739.


16-year-old Courtney Nash of Mims, Florida died from a deadly brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri also know as PAM Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis) that she contracted while swimming in the St. John's River.


PAM is caused by a microscopic amoebas (mostly Naegleria fowleri species) commonly found in the upper layer of sediment in the bottom of lakes and ponds with mud floors.  They also can be present in poorly maintained swimming pools and hot tubs.  This infection cannot be spread from person to person or contracted from a properly maintained swimming pool.