March 17, 2014
I first began donating blood 45 years ago, when my first husband and I were stationed at Tachikawa Air Force Base, Japan. At that time, our country was involved in the Vietnam Nam war, and many casualties were routed though the base hospital where I was a Red Cross volunteer. Also, I was asked to donate blood and immediately began a lifelong process. Even though I haven't kept accurate records, I know I have given well over 100 pints. My second husband had surgery in 2001, and subsequently, needed 33 pints of blood. He then proceeded to defy all predictions and lived another 9 years. I thank God every day for the ability to donate and for the availability of blood when my husband needed it.