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Gloria B.

Ocoee, Florida

Gloria began experiencing what she thought was heartburn, but after a visit to her doctor, her life changed forever. Gloria had three blocked arteries and was admitted for immediate cardiac bypass surgery.

Everyone was stunned that this could happen to someone so active and healthy.

Gloria I am OneBlood February 2015

Gloria awoke from her operation and saw a bag of blood hanging above her. She needed several units of blood to sustain her life during the operation. Gloria is incredibly grateful for the blood donors who have given her the opportunity to be a mother, teacher and coach.

Where Are They Now

February 2020 - We recently caught up with Gloria while she was getting in some miles on the treadmill. Here’s what she had to say: “I have continued my involvement with the American Heart Association, and am now more involved on advocacy side. My health in a good place, and I continue to work on my fitness. I’m still a Florida high school teacher. I share my story with my students to encourage them to donate blood at our drives.”

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