How many gallons of blood have you donated?
Tricky question. I’ve donated a gallon of blood since Liam went through treatment. Over my lifetime, you could probably add another couple of gallons. While I always supported blood donation, I always made up an excuse not to donate at a higher level. Most often it was “I don’t have enough time.” Thinking back, that’s ridiculous. Carving out an hour of time every couple of months to help save a life is so worth it.
What do you hope the community takes away from the Little Heroes Blood Drive?
I don’t think a lot of people understand how critically important blood is for all cancer patients. You don’t need to ask, “what can I do”? You can just do it. I also hope donating becomes something people regularly do, not just when some dad has a crazy idea.
What words of encouragement would you give to someone who has never donated blood?
DO IT (if you can)! It’s one small pinch that WILL SAVE LIVES. Seriously. Think about it. You are a hero every time you donate. You may be saving the life of a child. This drive will hopefully collect 1,000 units of blood. That blood stays in our area. If any child is receiving a transfusion this month, it most likely came from one of these drives. Think about a loved one who is, or went through, cancer treatment. They need blood. No medicine can replace it. Donate. Become a hero.
How did you start the process of planning 30 blood drives in 30 days?
I knew there was a blood shortage because of COVID-19 impacting drives. I thought out loud to a couple of people about doing 30 drives in 30 days to bring awareness to both the need for blood donation and childhood cancer. Someone said it had never been done before. Challenge accepted!
The pediatric cancer community is really tight. When I put out a call to help, they were quick to answer. Sprinkle in some support from the Mint City Collective (soccer supporter’s group), a couple of radio stations, and some good friends, and WHAM – 38 drives scheduled!
Little Heroes blood drives are happening now through the end of September in North Carolina.