By Gena Krupka
In 1969, my mother had emergency surgery and received a life-saving blood transfusion. Without that transfusion, I would have missed 30 years with my mother, and missed many firsts. Because of this, I became a blood drive coordinator.
Today, my passion is renewed by the story of two young people whose mother received two life-saving transfusions in 2006. She received the first after undergoing surgery to remove two-thirds of her stomach due to gastric cancer. She received the second to replenish red blood cells destroyed by the cancer exterminator, also known as chemotherapy.
Katie’s mother would have missed her only daughter moving out on her own, and missed hearing her amazing revelation that “Things are SOOOO expensive.” She would have missed Zachary obtaining the all-important driving permit, along with those first drives that put that touch of “silver” in her hair.
Prayers, love from friends & family, doctors, nurses, and modern medicine were all crucial in saving this woman’s life. But of all those things, there was one thing that could not have been found anywhere but from the veins of her hero’s.
On May 31, 2006 I underwent surgery for gastric cancer and later received two life-saving transfusions. To each and every person who ever, in any way, has been involved in a community blood drive, thank you from all of us who have benefited. We, who live because of The Gift of Life, without your generosity, wouldn’t.
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