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Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder donates $50,000 to the American Red Cross

College girl donating blood at the Red Cross

Donation made on behalf of Red Crossers Sean Alexander and Colleen Kelly Alexander

 

Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, has made a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross on behalf of Sean Alexander and Colleen Kelly Alexander. Based in Connecticut, with locations in Bridgeport, New Haven and Danbury, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder’s donation will go to support the American Red Cross in Connecticut. 

“We’re grateful to Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder for this generous gift to help support the important work of the Red Cross,” said American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region CEO Mario Bruno. “Their support of our mission on behalf of Colleen and Sean will help us deliver vital services to our community.”

“Colleen and Sean are, quite simply, inspirational,” said Bill Bloss, a litigation attorney at Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder. “Everyone whose paths they cross ends up with a deep appreciation of how vital the Red Cross is for victims of disasters and trauma. They have changed lives.”

To say the Red Cross is in the Alexanders’ blood would be an understatement.

Colleen’s work with the Red Cross began in her early twenties as an instructor for HIV/AIDS, First Aid, CPR and Defibrillator training. Colleen also did international travel with Red Cross Red Crescent to help set up women’s health clinics in Guyana and provide HIV/AIDS education and presentation training. 

Her work with the Red Cross took an even more personal turn after Colleen experienced a trauma that forever changed her life. In 2011, while on a routine bike ride, Colleen was run over by a freight truck. During the fight for her life, she needed to be resuscitated twice, needed more than 78 blood products and was in a coma for five weeks. Miraculously, Colleen survived the trauma and has gone on to run more than 50 races and compete in 30 triathlons, including four half Ironman events. Since her experience, Colleen’s love for the Red Cross expanded significantly more upon learning of the CPR and blood donations that helped to save her life. Colleen, a board member for the Connecticut Red Cross, continues to be a proud supporter of the Red Cross and works tirelessly to promote the need for blood and platelet donations and to help raise awareness about all of the work the Red Cross does in our communities.

Colleen is not the only one in the Alexander family who needed blood, her husband Sean also is a blood recipient after he experienced a critical trauma. Sean works with Colleen as is an avid supporter of all Red Cross services and also gives back as a regular blood donor. 

“I am here today because time and time again, heroes have rolled up their sleeves to help save lives,” said Colleen. “I may never know those who had a hand in helping save my life, but what I do know is that I can give back by raising awareness about the need for blood and platelet donations. I am beyond grateful to Bill Bloss and the support of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder. Their donation to the Red Cross will help to support its lifesaving mission.”

Bill not only helped to spearhead the financial contribution to the Red Cross, he is also an avid blood donor who just recently donated his 50th pint of blood. 

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/ct or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.

About Koskoff, Koskoff &Bieder:

Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder has offices in Bridgeport, New Haven and Danbury. The nationally known law firm has achieved record verdicts for people who suffer serious personal injuries or economic harm from medical malpractice, violation of their civil or constitutional rights, dangerous products, negligence, drunk drivers, corporate or governmental abuse and commercial misconduct. www.koskoff.com.