Video: The Gift of Life Blood Drive
The Gift of Life Blood Drive.
Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:31:19 +0000The Gift of Life Blood DriveThe Gift of Life Blood Drive.http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12463/7202019?cpt=8&wpid=2637WCIA>> life-changing. the best part, it doesn't take long to shop for or craft. more people in your community are choosing to become blood donors. with community blood services of central illinois and - - here to talk about this. good to have you here. you were on radio before. let people know you as - - you kind of made a career transition into something - - you have an important story connected to the. >> i left the world of media for the world of nonprofit. i'm at the blood center and my job is to collect donations and encourage people e to donate blood. >>matt: what is your connection to blood? >> both of my grandparents were recipients of blood products that were obviously donated within our community. they both had blood transfusions. >>matt: so when you are out there saying donate blood, you know what it means. >> between one in four people will need a transfusion within their life. . it happened that both of them were recipients and they were able to be here longer and spend time with our family because of voluntary blood donors. >>matt: what was that like come together.that experience? that's got to be motivating . >> it's motivating. the experience is sad, it's hard. blood needs to be on the shelf when you need it. it's like a parachute. luckily, the blood was on the shelf in my grandparents needed it. it saved their lives for a little whilele. they weren't able to be here forever, they are no longer with us. we were able to spend more time because of those blood transfusions. it makes a huge difference. >>matt: so how did you pull she convince you to speak about this stuff. >> she's paying me. we are talking about - - >> we are talking about my mother's parents. she got involved because of them. >>matt: let me ask, had you been a blood donor before that? >> i had been before but many many years before. when i started working at the blood center then i donated more. [multiple speakers] >>matt: you were willing to drop what you were doing to go in because you know how important it is. >> it is very important. my father had multiple things wrong. one of them was cancer. he was losing his red blood count, it was always low. it was at a point where he was able to say something is wrong. we would take him to the hospital and get a blood transfusion and he had this wonderful infusion of life and it worked fine for a couple was blood available and he got a transfusion. mother was a little different. she was in the hospital with complications and she lost quite a bit of blood. they did surgery. she was a recipient of blood. it helped for a while. a short while but it did for that time. >>matt: for families, every minute, every day counts. >> as a regular blood donor, you might not be able to see the lives you are saving. what i want people to know is those little donations every 50-60 days, helped my grandparents be here longer. while you may not be able to put a face to it, you can see our faces and know that helped my grandparents out and they were able to be here longer. with my grandma, i was in the room with her when they brought in her platelets for her transfusion. i saw how my community came together in the blood was on the shelf and it saved her life a little longer. it was an amazing thing to happen and experience right there so i can actually thatt. >>matt: to have that time and to witness that. you can understand why this is so important. >> it doesn't take a lot of time. 45 minutes to an hour of your time and you can save lives - - one donation can save three people. >>matt: what would be the message. your daughter that is very passionate. you were able to spend longer with your parents. what's your message to those watching today whosay, maybe i should do this . >> that it is a gift that will continue to give. it costs you nothing. it's a gift that can come from the heart and that they always known their gift is always there. a little bit of them is always there to go around. i think that the blood transfusions are a vital part of people's everyday lives. >>matt: literally giving the gift of life. the community blood services does an amazing job. several locations throughout central illinois. wcia 3 has partnered with them for blood drive on december 28. from 9:00 a.m. -12 p.m. when you