Read Stacy's story of how she came to now be a lifelong blood donor.
"2016 was a rough one for me and my family. My mother got sick in February and passed a month later on March 16, 2016 with the diagnosis of cancer. My father then got sick in June and passed a month later with the diagnosis of a heart attack, liver failure and good pastures disease.
While being in the hospital, visiting each of my parents I witnessed them getting countless units of blood. At that moment, I realized strangers were giving my parents a chance to live.
Exactly one year and a day since I got my last tattoo I started donating blood. My father was alive with my first donation and he was so proud of me. He passed 5 days later on July 16, 2016
I give blood to honor my parents. I have donated 3 times so far and with each time I talk about them to the nurses. We talk about my parents and it gives me the opportunity for me to tell them about what wonderful people they were. It makes me feel so good that I am helping someone who I have never met.
I saw firsthand how my father’s skin pinked and he felt better after a transfusion. I saw firsthand how my mother perked up after getting blood, and that is because strangers did that for them.
The most important thing about giving blood is that you are giving someone a gift of time. More time to be with their family. More time for the doctors to figure out the underlying problem. More time to get things in order.
Giving blood doesn't hurt, and it is relatively quick. I plan on going every 8 weeks until I am not able to anymore."
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