Church hosts blood drive for Scottsdale teacher

Posted at 6:39 PM, Feb 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 10:58:06-05

The Scottsdale community gave the gift of life Sunday in honor of a teacher who almost lost her own when a car hit her and drove off in late October.

Maureen Brown, a local eighth-grade science teacher, was struck and seriously injured near 124th Street and Shea Road while crossing the street to meet her soon-to-be fiance.

They had just gone engagement ring shopping and were supposed to attend an event at the McDowell Mountain Community Church. 

Those plans quickly changed.

A dark, four-door sedan struck Brown and took off, leaving her with serious injuries to most of the right side of her body. What followed was a months-long journey to get back to somewhat normal -- and it's not over yet.

On Valentine's Day, the church hosted a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Brown in mind. After all, her life was saved in part with the help from blood donors.

Brown's father spoke at the event and thanked doctors for all they have done for her. He also wants the community to keep their eyes open for the suspect who left his daughter lying in the street.

Brown, who is still recovering, also attended the event. She talked about her students and also thanked doctors.

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