Rose Mary Buffalo, former editor of the Carlisle Independent, sister newspaper to the Cabot Star-Herald and Lonoke Democrat,will be remembered with a Red Cross blood drive in her honor. Mark Buffalo, who worked side-by-side as a sportswriter and editor with his mother for more than 13 years, said the blood drive honors his mother’s legacy and her commitment to the community of Carlisle and Lonoke County. "She just touched so many lives in the community. This is a way that her legacy can continue," he said.

The Rose Mary Buffalo memorial Blood Drive will be 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 18, at the Carlisle Civic Center, 215 S. Court St. in Carlisle

Rose Mary lost her fight with cancer in 2008. Mark remembers that during his mother’s year-long battle she was given numerous blood transfusions. "I know how important it is to donate blood. Mom went through chemotherapy and radiation. She needed those blood transfusions. I want everyone to know how much blood donations are needed in our state and our community."

Mark remembers his mother’s commitment to serving everyone. Her dedication won her special awards and recognitions from many groups, such as the Carlisle Alumni Association. "I miss my mom … She was the go-to person in Carlisle when anybody needed anything. Everyone knew they could count on her," Mark said.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for medical needs. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in Arkansas), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Plan to come to Carlisle, July 18, or for more information on how to donate blood, or to make an appointment, call 800-733-2767 (800-RED CROSS) or go online to