In my last post, I shared the story of David Schwartz, a dietitian at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.
Today I want to share another inspirational story about one of our team members.
Rebecca Peterson is a nurse in the Birthing Center. Recently, she sent me (and many others) an email titled: I need your help, please! J
Many of you may have heard bits and pieces of the story of my sister in law over these past couple of months–this past March, she suffered from a pregnancy complication which almost resulted in her losing her life. One of the things that saved her life was her blood donors, since she received more than 15 units of blood, and platelets on top of this, and she is SO thankful for this. Her doctors told her that the amount of blood products she received would have taken 30-40 donors.
I have not seen her since February, since her and her husband moved to Colorado, shortly before this happened, however they will be in town in September. One of the things she has been asking of her friends and family, when they ask how they can help support them, is to donate blood. I would like to surprise her when she comes in town with 40+ blood donors, donating blood in her name. If you are willing to help me out in accomplishing this, I am asking that you please consider donating blood/platelets/double RBCs, that you take a picture during the donation, with a smile, a thumbs up, and a “sign”, which can simply be a piece of paper with her name on it, reading either: Melinda, For Melinda, Team Melinda (feel free to write an inspirational quote if you wish) etc…and then please me the picture. Please send pictures to me by September 1st. If you are willing to do this, please encourage your spouses/SO’s and anyone else, but make sure I get the pictures. Please please please :-) Thanks so much for your help.
We helped Rebecca by photographing donors who agreed to her request at our August 28 blood drive. Nearly two dozen donors held the For Melinda sign to show their support for her. What an amazing way to pay it forward by helping promote blood donations, and then including your sister-in-law who was saved by blood donations!