Thursday, August 9, 2012

Donations Give New Dad a Chance at Life

Written by Katie Josephson, volunteer contributor

The need is constant. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate blood. But the benefits of this act of service are immediate and blood donors are providing life-saving donations.
Margaret Glasgow describes how her son Chris benefited from the donations of many local residents following a recent accident.
“Since Chris was a young boy he had a special "gift" with horses and at one point even considered going to the Olympics in the Hunter Jumper arena,” said Margaret Glasgow. “This love moved him into the field of horse racing as a self-employed trainer.”  
“Chris and his wife were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child, so he was trying to work as many horses as possible to earn extra money. He was exercising with a horse for an upcoming race out at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, TX.  As he was returning to the barn, the horse became spooked and flipped on top of him, pinning Chris against the pavement.”
“His life was saved because of his safety equipment, which had to be cut from his body. Fortunately Chris was not paralyzed, but had to endure two surgeries and will have a long recovery (about one year) where he won't be able to earn a living for his family and new son.  Because he was self-employed, he didn’t have private insurance to cover the blood used during the surgeries.”  
Margaret works at the IRS, which she describes as a big internal family that pitches in and helps one another out when needed. Her co-workers organized a blood drive with the Red Cross to support Chris and they also donated gift cards to the young family.
“I was blown away by the support we received from my co-workers and community. One of the volunteers even donated blood twice because he was eligible. He literally jumped up on the table and encouraged everyone to give.”
Margaret’s son Chris is currently recovering from his surgeries and taking care of his healthy new son. “We are so grateful to those of you who have selflessly given blood to replace his. Thank you from the depths of our hearts.”
To find out where you can donate, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733 2767).

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