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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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Student Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program
To help avoid any life-threatening blood shortages, the American Red Cross is kicking off the Student Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program. This is a fun program for you – our dedicated high school and college students. The American Red Cross believes that, with your support, we will be better equipped to meet the blood needs of the patients in our community!
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What is the VIP LifeSaver Program? An exciting program to accomplish two goals: increase blood donations and give our loyal donors the special recognition they deserve.
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