FireLake Grand Casino will continue the Rally for Tallie in support of Collin Longest, Tallie’s former classmate.

A blood drive and bone marrow registry drive will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at FireLake Grand Casino, 777 Grand Casino Blvd, and FireLake Discount Foods, 41207 Hardesty Road.


FireLake Grand Casino will continue the Rally for Tallie in support of Collin Longest, Tallie’s former classmate.
A blood drive and bone marrow registry drive will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at FireLake Grand Casino, 777 Grand Casino Blvd, and FireLake Discount Foods, 41207 Hardesty Road.
Collin was diagnosed with ALL leukemia two years ago and needs blood transfusions regularly when his blood count is too low.
Rally for Tallie began after Tallie Anderson, an 11-year-old Shawnee girl, lost her battle with aplastic anemia earlier this year.
“I want to continue the Rally for Tally at FireLake Grand Casino for the next 100 years,” said Mike Shaw, director of human resources at FireLake Grand Casino. “I want it to be dedicated to a student each year.”
Blood donation credits from this drive will be offered to Longest’s family to help defer the cost of blood needed by the boy.
All donors will have the opportunity to forgo receiving a donor keychain in favor of Oklahoma Blood Institute making a financial contribution of similar value to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Central Oklahoma affiliate.
“We appreciate FireLake Grand Casino for its support in sponsoring this blood drive and bone marrow registry drive,” said John Armitage, M.D., Oklahoma Blood Institute president and chief executive. 
“Around the clock, safe blood products are needed for emergencies or scheduled treatments. Without the Shawnee residents taking an extra hour out of their day to give, that might not be possible.”
Donations take about an hour and can be made every 56 days. OBI provides every drop of blood used by most hospitals statewide.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood at any OBI site, call 1-866-341-8728, or visit www.obi.org to see a list of blood drives and donor centers in your area.