January 03, 2013
I have donated blood all through high school, college, and through work blood drives. I had been temporarily deferred due to spending time in Austria. I was so excited when the rules changed and I was able to donate again. My youngest son has severe hemophilia, a bleeding disorder. We have no family history and after some genetic testing, we discovered I am not a carrier, he received it by a genetic mutation. He had 5 blood transfusions by the time he was 5 years old. I am so grateful for the donors who made the choice to donate their blood that saved his life. I will continue to donate so I can provide another family the gift of life.