• The gift of life
    December 17,2012
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    Its been quite a year of firsts for my son, Jacob. Hes 5 now, and so proud to be riding a two-wheeler with no training wheels. Hes learned to tie his shoes and count to 100 and beyond. Hes ridden an airplane and a train for the first time, and hes in love with his new puppy, Henry, who has become his best friend. Last week, he sat on Santas lap for the first time and shared a very long list of things hes hoping Santa will bring for Christmas.

    Its impossible for me to think that I could have missed all of these things if not for the generosity of someone who I will never know. You see, I received a blood transfusion after Jacob was born that gave me the chance to see my son blossom into a kind, funny, smart, active boy. Our family is thriving, because someone decided to give blood.

    Ive been a part of the Gift-of-Life Marathon blood drive in Rutland since the beginning well before Jacob was born and every year since. This year, were determined to break the national record for collecting the most blood in a single day, which is something our community could be proud of for years to come. If were able to accomplish that, it will be pretty impressive, but competition is no longer the reason why Im a part of this event. Im there, year in and year out, so that someone else has the chance to see their child grow up. Especially at this time of year, there simply is no better gift anyone could give or receive.

    Im asking you this year to join me in doing the same. Give blood at the Gift-of-Life Marathon on Dec. 18 in Rutland. Make your appointment by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

    Look for me at the College of St. Joseph, one of four sites where well be collecting blood that day, and let me know that youre there to help someone else.

    Your simple gift will undoubtedly be the best one someone else will ever receive.

    Ann Warrell

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