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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

#ChooseYourDay to give blood or platelets May 23-25 for a limited-edition RuMe tote bag.
Knock one out of the park for patients in need by giving blood before a baseball game.
Roll up a sleeve and support the Columbia Fire and Police departments.
Start summer by giving back and grilling out.
Students ages 16-24 can participate in the Leaders Save Lives program to earn gift cards and scholarships!
 

News

May 20, 2015
The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.
May 12, 2015
A local Boy Scout is asking people to give blood to help patients with a rare form of anemia. Hunter King, 16, is raising awareness about Diamond Blackfan anemia, a disease that requires patients like his cousin to need frequent blood transfusions. Hunter encourages people to give blood May 21...
 

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