Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Film about Pulse survivors in poignant pairing with blood drive

A film about the tragic mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando shows the importance of giving blood, and the city of Mount Dora will drive home that point by combining a blood drive with a screening of the movie.

“Lifeline: The Untold Story of Saving Pulse Survivors” will be shown at 7pm Monday, June 11, at the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St.

Admission is free, but the Patrons of the Community Building will accept donations to help with improvements, including equipment needs, for the building, a news release states.

The day after the screening, from 9am-1pm Tuesday, June 12, the city will host a Unity Blood Drive for OneBlood. Two large bloodmobiles will be parked at 510 N. Baker St., between City Hall and Donnelly Park. points out:

  • Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  • One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
  • About one in every seven people who enter a hospital need blood.
  • Health benefits of donating blood include good health, reduced risk of cancer and hemochromatosis, reduced risk of damage to the liver and pancreas, and possible help in improving cardiovascular health and reducing obesity.

“Lifeline” delivers a never-before-seen perspective of what it took to save the lives of many of the victims of the June 12, 2016, Pulse shooting, the release states. Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded in one of the nation’s worst mass shootings. The one-of-a-kind documentary features survivors as they learn of the anonymous blood donors of various ages and backgrounds who are responsible for helping to save their lives.

For more information, call 352.735.7183.