Dean E. • Fresno, CA

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I am thankful to blood donors because...

Wonderful blood donors gave me and my family a priceless gift - four more years of life! My 18-year-old daughter Jennifer was diagnosed with a deadly form of leukemia in her senior year of high school. A standout athlete and Division 1 softball prospect she would require massive amounts of chemotherapy to fight the disease. As a result the chemo wiped out her body's ability to make blood and she would need several hundred donations of blood and blood products just to survive week to week. For the next four years blood donors literally kept her alive as she fought a valiant fight for her life.

She also became the spokesperson for her local blood center to help get out the message of how important blood donation is. After four years Jenny lost her battle with the disease but the fact that blood donors gave her the chance to fight while doctors looked for a cure was a blessing and gift to us. Thank you blood donors for the lifetime of MEMORIES that this father will cherish because of those four years that you gave us.

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