Many of you may remember my late husband, Matt Harnett, who recently passed at the young age of 54. Matt was by far one of the healthiest and most athletic individuals you would have had the pleasure to have known.
In less than one year from his initial diagnosis of lymphoma, a blood-based form of cancer, he was taken from us. After a grueling battle, which included a bone marrow treatment and countless blood transfusions, it is hard to imagine someone so strong could lose his life in such a short period of time.
Thanks to the many donors who gave their own personal and precious gift of life, we could remain hopeful through those difficult months. As unlikely as it might seem today, we all might have the need for blood some day — whether for ourselves or a loved one.
All of us, even in a small way can help. Many college students are home on Christmas break. It would be a wonderful time to share a few hours with friends and give to a community event while sharing in a part of Rutland history. Whether it is giving someone a ride, or personally donating blood, there is something each of us can do.
So please, during this busy season, while enjoying our festive gatherings, let’s make participating in the 2013 Gift-of-Life Marathon part of our holiday conversations. ’Tis the season of giving; please give so others can live. Come on Rutland. I know we can do this on Dec. 17. We’re Rutland strong!
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