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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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