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Tribute to Nolan Eggert

Nolan Eggert's number was retired during a water polo match in 2015. A memorial blood drive held in his honor is scheduled for later this month. 

HANFORD — Organizers are asking the public to commit themselves to an act of kindness to honor the memory of a Golden Bear.

The fourth annual Nolan Eggert Blood Drive is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at Frontier Elementary School, 1854 N. Mustang Drive in Hanford.

Eggert, 16, was a sophomore at Sierra Pacific High School who played on the water polo and golf teams. His life was cut short in 2015 after being struck and killed by a car while riding his bicycle.

Blood drive organizers say Eggert was a happy and easygoing student who was on the honor roll and always involved in extra-curricular activities with his family and at school. His number, 2, was retired at Sierra Pacific in his honor after a pair of candlelight vigils in his memory at Sierra Pacific and Woodrow Wilson Middle School in 2015.

“If only he could see the impact he had on people,” Sierra Pacific administrator of athletics Stephanie Dietz told the Sentinel in 2015. “He made the community come together and he was such a good kid.”

The Central Valley Blood Center is in need of blood units, organizers said in a release. In 2018 the CVBC collected 31 units of blood at the Eggert memorial blood drive compared to 37 units in both 2017 and 2018. This year the goal is to reach 50 units.

The night of his accident, Nolan received over 6 pints of blood and after became a tissue donor to help others.

Nolan and his family loved to travel, with Nolan especially fond of traveling to the Oregon coast to fish and dig for clams. Nolan also loved to lake fish and hunt with his brother and father.

“[Nolan] was the guy that would make things fun,” Coach Kevin Jauregui told the Sentinel in 2015. “But he’d be serious. He would always challenge his teammates.”

According to www.donateblood.org, those interested in giving blood will need a photo ID conduct  a mini-physical to check blood pressure, iron level and other particulars. The collection process takes about 15 minutes.

Refreshments will be available to donors.

Nearly 6,000 pints of blood must be collected in the Central Valley per month to meet the needs of patients in the community, according to the website.

For more information, contact Tammy Johnson at 559-904-3934 or Darla Timmer at 559-288-6319.

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