Tim S. • Byron, IL

I am a donor because...

I am no stranger to the notion of giving. Having grown up on my family's farm in Ottertail County Minnesota I learned early the values of hard work and caring about those around me. I have been a firefighter in the Byron Fire Department since 1991. I've fallen in love with the Fire Department and its work of saving lives. Another way I choose to help people - and I've been doing it since college - is to give blood. I also organize a blood drive each year in November at the Byron Fire Department. In 2008 we recruited 113 blood donors. A couple of years ago I helped organize a bone marrow drive for a local Byron-area businessman and friend. 800 people joined the marrow registry and 235 blood donations were made. It was the largest bone marrow drive in RRVBC's history.

Donating blood is easy and convenient. How else can I help three people resting in a comfortable chair talking to nice people? It's cool to know I'm helping others. You can't beat the feeling. It's extremely fulfilling when I get a call from RRVBC telling me one of my donations has helped someone in need. What could be better than that? And it doesn't cost me a dime. Even when I'm having fun I try to figure out ways to help others: like riding my Harley. This past summer I helped out my sister and brother-in-law who organized a 100 mile Harley tour to benefit Ronald McDonald House. More than 1000 riders roared through the countryside and generated $100000 in the process. The whole thing started because a family friend stayed at a Ronald McDonald House when his child was seriously ill - and wanted to give back. What goes around comes around.

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