Take the Time to Give the Gift of Life

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day, the American Red Cross’ campaign to recognize donors and educate people about the need for donations. Learn more about World Blood Donor Day.

The first time I ever donated blood, I knew I was going to be helping “somebody”. But it wasn’t until July 29, 2009, when my father-in-law, Ray, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) did I realize that one day the “somebody” could actually be family. After Ray was diagnosed, he spent 57 days in the hospital. He was given two rounds of chemotherapy, 30 units of blood, and countless units of platelets. When he got out of the hospital, he continued to need and receive blood transfusions and platelets.

Ray’s transfusions were a gift from someone who was willing to give an hour of their time to help someone in need. I never realized how great a need blood donations were until someone I love so dearly needed it. It took over 30 people to supply the needs of just one person, and there are many more people in need every day. Ray battled this disease for 9 months, but he lost his battle on April 26, 2010.

To all of those who have donated blood, I would like to thank you as it has touched my family so closely. If you have never donated blood before, I encourage you to check into your local blood bank. To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit the American Red Cross or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

One Comment

  1. Posted July 14, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Kelli,

    Thank you for reminding people about the importance of giving blood. It is true that we often don’t think about the need to do so until someone near and dear to us is depending on it. We appreicate your efforts in encouraging everyone who is eligible to donate blood on a regular basis.

    My condolences to you and your family.

    Catherine (TBC)

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