PEORIA - A local woman's legacy is inspiring many people to donate blood for the first time, even her husband.
"We are turning the red cross pink today," said Cheryl Kohn, an American Red Cross collection manager.
Thursday, dozens circulated through the Peoria Blood Donation Center for a unique blood drive in honor of unique person.
"Lisa, is, was my best friend. The best friend you could ever have," said Kohn.
Lisa Osborne died last year of breast cancer. Thursday, Kohn, a breast cancer survivor, wanted to share Lisa's love for others.
"This is totally Lisa. Anybody who knew her knows she gave, so they want to give back," she said.
That includes Lisa's husband, Dave, who up until now avoided being a donor.
Now, he's facing his fears to honor the love of his life.
"Not as nervous as when I came through the door. These people are making me feel pretty good," he said.
As he looks around, he says amazed by lives Lisa has touched.
The pink, I have mixed emotions about because you know we've seen the goods and the bad, but overall it's a really good thing.
Donors who don't know Lisa will surely know her now. And her loved ones say she wouldn't have had it any other way.
"It shows how much she gave and then how much people want to give back to her. She gave to people her whole life and now they're giving back. It's a good feeling," said Osborne.
Osborne says blood transfusion helped his wife battle cancer for more than three years, so he knows how donors can change lives. He says it's good to know that Lisa can help.
More than sixty people signed up to give. The Red Cross says its planning to make this an annual drive.
Another drive in Lisa's hometown of Lacon will take place in March.