28 units of blood collected Saturday, normal amount is 6. Thanks to Roxanne’s birthday wish and the generosity of Gardendale, Lifesouth was able to collect much more than they normally do, and that means there were around 80 lives that were saved in one day through these donations. All of the blood stays here in our communities to help local hospitals. Lifesouth spent 6 hours in front of Walgreens Saturday, that’s an avg. of 6-7 units per hour. Wow, thanks to all of you that helped make Roxanne’s birthday wish come true. If you missed her letter it follows, and to see pictures click HERE:
“My Only Birthday Wish”
(A letter written by Roxanne Adams)
To each of us, a birthday is the one day of the year where we celebrate another year, eat cake and extravagant dinners, and receive endless gifts, money, and cards. This year, my family is supporting my wish for a birthday that defies the normal standards listed above. Instead, I choose to make it a day of gratitude for my Savior and the many friends and family who are responsible for the gift of life I have this year. I choose to focus on the years to come, not only celebrate the past year. I choose to not indulge in extravagant meals and cakes, (ok, I don’t have much of a choice there lol) but instead, take birthday treats to children at the hospital that has done so much for us and made it possible to be here to celebrate my 17th. Last but not least, I choose to defy the normal process of birthday gifts. This is where I need your help, and this is the purpose of this letter-I have received many cards, gifts, supportive donations, etc, all through this past year that I have been in the hospital. From the bottom of my heart, those gifts were strength, and I can’t thank you enough. But I received something SO much greater. The past couple months, I needed multiple blood transfusions to keep my body alive while my bone marrow was not producing cells as it should. Without donor blood, my body could not have supported life very long. Thanks to six blood donors, I received the most amazing gift: life. While that may seem extreme, you could never understand how crucial blood transfusions are. So many people in our community require multiple transfusions. Anywhere from one or two bags of blood a week for a chemo patient, to 100+ bags for a trauma victim. Finally, this is my birthday wish and my request of those who feel compelled to send cards, gifts, anything for my birthday. I don’t want any gift, money, etc. My gift is complete, and I’m here with my mother, family, and friends for my birthday this year. If you had planned on sending a gift, or even if you didn’t, but would like to join in this cause, in lieu of gifts, I want to ask everyone who is capable and willing, to please make at least one blood donation in the month of April. For my friends and family who aren’t local, please contact your local hospitals or blood banks if you desire to donate. Alabama has a shortage of donor blood and platelets and people are challenging time by waiting in a hospital bed for donor blood to come be their lifesaver. If you feel compelled to meet this challenge, but are unable to donate, I ask that you make donations to Children’s Hospital, or if you’re not local, to the Children’s Miracle Network. No matter how small, any donation makes a life changing impact. Simply take the money you would have intended to spend, and donate it. I have everything I need, and couldn’t want anything more. So please change the lives of others during April. That is my only wish for my 17th birthday this year. Thank you all.