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Cancer has hit my family’s women pretty hard, and I know first-hand just how important blood donations are. I started donating blood and platelets to help people undergoing cancer treatment. Several of the women in my family were diagnosed with various types of cancer. Platelet and blood transfusions were a vital part of their treatment. Last year, I attended a cancer benefit with my sister, a 14-year breast cancer survivor. We were sitting at a table, and the woman next to me commented that she had received a platelet transfusion earlier in the week. Then I told this lady that I had given platelets the weekend before. It turned out that me and my table-mate shared the same blood type! While I don’t know for certain, I think it’s possible that this lady received my platelets. It gave me chills just thinking about it. She was very thankful and it gave me a really good feeling, and made it more personal for me seeing someone that I may have helped personally. Sadly, my mother passed away recently, after a battle with cancer herself. I know what my Mom went through. Donating blood and platelets is my little way of contributing and helping others out. That’s why I do it.
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Postagram Captures Red Cross Moments
Postagram captures Red Cross moments
During the holiday season, presenting blood donors can invite loved ones to follow in their footsteps and help patients in need or let someone know they rolled up a sleeve in his or her honor with a customized “postagram.”
1. Take a photo of a Red Cross moment, whether it’s lying on the donor bed, enjoying a post-donation snack or meeting a recipient.
2. Upload the photo at rcblood.org/holidaypostcard and add a message.
3. The postagram will be mailed anywhere you choose, courtesy of the Red Cross and Postagram.