Blood Drive Honoring "Dee" Shoemaker

JONESBORO, AR  (KAIT)  --  The NEA Wellness Center, 2617 Phillips Dr., is hosting a blood drive in honor of Bobbie Deeann Shoemaker, 44, today from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Shoemaker, known as "Dee" to most of her friends, was hit by a car on September 28, 2008. She died five days later at St. Bernard's Medical Center.

Vanessa Deveney, who was running with Shoemaker at the time of the accident, said Dee was always willing to donate. "She was a big donor, big charitable heart. She was out there to help somebody."

Ashley Shoemaker, Dee's oldest daughter, said her mother was the type of person who loved helping people achieve great physical fitness. "She was always on us to exercise good and she always cooked right."

Shoemaker taught physical education in the Trumann School District and worked for 6 years at the NEA Wellness Center as a physical trainer. "We know she was passionate about being a blood donor, so we wanted to continue her memory and legacy in honor of her with a blood drive," said Steve Bowen, Director of Wellness at the NEA Wellness Center.

Ashley said losing her mother is the hardest thing she'll have to do in her life. "Stuff like this doesn't happen. Especially to someone as healthy as she was."

When Ashley was asked what she felt when she heard her mother had passed, she replied, "Mom was always kind of invinsible to me. I was just in shock because you just don't believe stuff like that."

"She was my best friend. I talked to her a lot. I talked to her. I told her everything. That's really hard and it's hard knowing Brittani and Lydia aren't going to have her either. That's tough," said Ashley.

Deveney said, "I mourn everyday. I go through the accident everyday. When I close my eyes at night, it's so vivid, like it is happening again. It's an everyday thought."

If you are able to donate blood, then officials with the NEA Wellness Center want you to register with them first.

According to the American Red Cross, 5% of the U.S. population donates blood every year, but someone needs blood every 2 seconds.