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Donor Stories

I lost my beautiful son Willis Clay Williams II on the morning of 07/28/2011.  Willis was 19 and a wonderful young man.  During his fight for life he was taken to Palmetto Richland Hospital’s emergency room.  There he was given more than 6 units of blood.  Surgeons and staff did everything in their power to save Willis but he passed that morning.  I will forever be grateful to the many Red Cross donors that provided the blood donations used in the attempt to save my son’s life.

 

I have been a donor since the age of 19 and know just how vital these gifts are.  That is why as Valentine’s Day approached, my first without Willis, I wanted desperately to do something in his memory.  In the quiet of my home I received the idea to give back the gift that Willis was given just over six months ago.

 

Although I am unable to physically give my son a Valentine’s Day gift anymore, I can give the gift of life that courses through my veins; blood.  Willis’s spirit lives with me always and I will for the rest of my life continue to honor him.

 

—Dorothy Lorraine Williams
 

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What's Happening

Those who participate in donating blood or platelets May 27-31 will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Transportation specialists are needed to deliver lifesaving blood to hospitals.
The Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department are facing off for a lifesaving cause.
WBTW News 13 and the Red Cross are teaming up for a lifesaving event.
Donors can now complete a portion of their health history online with RapidPass!
 

News

May 23, 2016
The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose their day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer awareness campaign, sponsored by Suburban Propane.
May 12, 2016
One local couple is asking for an unusual birthday gift from the Charlestonians this year: pints of blood.
 

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