“Our community has been so supportive and we would like to give back by helping to ensure blood is available for patients who need it, like I did” said Scott. “You never know when you or someone you love will need the gift of life. Our prayers also are with the family of my heart donor. We can't lose sight of the fact that without that family's tragedy, this wouldn't have been possible. I would not be here without the giving of so many."
Scott might have received a change of heart but his passion for the Red Cross continues. “Scott has been very positive throughout his journey and has always been an avid Red Cross volunteer and blood donor,” said Julie Houg, Red Cross volunteer. “Bless his heart, when I saw him in church a week after his transplant I was floored. Scott readily agreed to allow me to dedicate this drive to his journey from life-threatening crash to new heart. I think there is no better example of how lives can be saved and changed by giving blood. I am so excited to help save lives with this blood drive and to celebrate Scott’s life.”
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.