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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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January 12, 2018
  COLUMBIA, S.C.— Community members are invited to join the American Red Cross, City of Columbia and Mayor Steve Benjamin at the 8th annual ‘Hoop It Up’ Blood Drive. Donors are encouraged to roll up their sleeves at the blood drive on Friday, Feb. 2 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at...
January 8, 2018
  The American Red Cross, Heritage Classic Foundation and RBC Heritage invite the community to roll up a sleeve and tee off to help hospital patients depending on blood products. Blood drives will be held January through March at select locations throughout the Red Cross South Carolina Blood...

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