It’s always difficult to collect enough blood to meet patient needs, but it’s even more difficult during the summer months when schools are out and families are visiting with friends and loved ones. It’s important to remember that patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood and platelets. The need is constant.
CLOSE TO HOME The McAninch family knows the need for blood firsthand, and they don’t want others to take it for granted. Now, giving blood is in their blood. Rodney
“I’ve seen so many people in my life, including my husband, receive blood, so I know how important it is,” said Tina McAninch. “I’m so proud of my kids putting their own fears aside to help someone else. It just makes me ecstatic.”McAninch had donated for years before the need hit close to home when he received seven units of blood in 2005. Today, Rodney’s wife, Tina, along with their children, Bradley and Michaela, donate blood and platelets because they saw how it helped save their dad.
BE INSPIRED Genny Bingaman always watched with pride as her husband Rob donated blood—until tragedy struck. Rob, a beloved police officer, died in a car crash last October. Genny and her daughter Morgan now give blood in his memory.
“We feel honored to do so,” said Genny. “Knowing that something good can come out of such heartache is how we honor and remember our loved ones.”
CHOOSE YOUR DAY Will it be today or tomorrow? There’s still time to choose a day and help save lives this summer. You can give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer.
Read the full piece on redcross.org, and read about the urgent need for blood donors to help address a looming blood shortage.