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Kenneth of Meriden, Connecticut says when his baby daughter required surgery, he realized that blood donation was vitally important for helping to save the lives of infants. Although Ken donated blood in high school, he didn’t realize then how essential blood donations are to patients in need. His daughter, Melissa was born with a congenital heart condition and lost her battle with heart disease when she was 17. Melissa spent almost a month in the hospital when she was born and required multiple blood transfusions. When Melissa was born, Ken began to donate blood regularly and in the last 20 years has donated over seven gallons. Now Ken donates with his 19 year old son Zechariah, who also started donating blood in high school. Thank you Kenneth and Zech for helping to save lives in memory of Melissa.
—In Memory of Melissa
REDS-III Research Program
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