Heidi Ely grew up believing that blood donation was just a civic duty, not a grand act of service or a reason to brag. But as an adult, she became keenly aware of the importance of donated blood--after receiving it herself.
“In a three month period, Derek received 21 units of platelets and 10 units of red blood cells, sometimes needing two or three platelet transfusions per week. These transfusions saved his life, literally." -Neil Rininger
At just 18-months-old, Roman Fariello was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. He fought hard through six rounds of chemotherapy and one round of high dose chemotherapy that killed his bone marrow in preparation for a stem cell transplant.
Jenah Bellamy gave an incredible gift to a couple from West Africa that almost cost her life. She was a surrogate for the couple in 2012, carrying their twins when she was admitted to Good Samaritan Hospital at 26 weeks for preterm labor.
For Tom and Alex Schutte, saving lives runs in the family. The father and son duo, who hail from Kennedy Heights, are committed platelet donors for Hoxworth Blood Center. But their story is special—because when Alex’s father, Tom, could no longer donate, Alex rolled up his sleeve in his father's place.
At age 21, Jamie Rausch’s life was rudely interrupted when she was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. “I depended on (Hoxworth), my hometown community, for blood and platelet donations. You took time out of your day to save a life, and one of those lives was mine,” said Jamie.
“I not only had the benefit of donated blood once, I’ve had the benefit of it twice; both helping to heal me and help me in my fight with cancer.” Jim Vieth, a Fort Thomas, Kentucky husband, father, and grandfather to six grandsons, is battling cancer for the second time after overcoming a struggle with leukemia.
Melissa Petri-Gunn spent only 10 minutes with her newborn twin daughters before being rushed back into surgery to have three life saving blood transfusions. Approximately six in 1,000 pregnancies result in the mother needing the procedure following childbirth; a statistic that Petri-Gunn never imagined being part of.