(blood donor at Boston University)
On September 1st, 2011, Charon Simmons 22, went into cardiac arrest not once but twice and had multiple organ failure.Due to multiple organ failure, Charon needed over 75% of his blood replaced for a survival chance of living. He received multiple transfusions of red blood cells and platelets as a very important part of his treatment.
Charon has Sickle Cell Disease.
On Janurary 7th, 2012 The Sickle Cell Foundation of Orange County (CA) is sponsoring a Replenishment Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Screening in honor of Charon Simmons. The public and many friends of Charon are encouraged to donate blood in support of his journey back to health. (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information)
Charon's story reminded me of the millions of people (world-wide) who also suffer with Sickle Cell Disease and need blood transfusions.
If you're one of those people who makes a New Years resolution, add to the top of your list for 2012....
1) Give the gift of life - give blood.
If you can't give blood (you suffer with health issues), then plan a blood drive and have your friends and family support you. We can all help somebody who's hurting this new year, let's put some effort in being our brother's & sister's keeper.
Have a blessed New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!