Lifesaving Platelets

  

Denise Bray

Portland, OR
September 06, 2013

I have been donating blood since I was in high school. About 15 years ago, my boss asked to join me at a local blood drive. We have been "blood buddies" since then, donating whenever we get the call. About 10 years ago, I was asked by the Red Cross if I would be interested in donating platelets. The process was explained to me and I agreed to give it a try. I then donated occasionally for the next few years and got to enjoy the process. Where else can you be covered in warm blankets, watch a movie and then get cookies and juice afterwards! Five years ago my husband was diagnosed with cancer. He went through chemo, and later had a bone marrow transplant. There were countless times when he needed to have platelets. I saw personally how important it was that a constant supply of platelets be available at all times for people like him. Earlier this year, my niece was diagnosed with leukemia. She also has needed platelets after her chemo treatments. Without the platelets, she would not be able to continue with her treatments and beat this disease. This reiterated for me the great need for platelet donors. I now give as often as I can, knowing that I just may be saving someone's life.