My daughter, Amanda, my son, Philip, and I had been scheduling our platelet donations together at the Missouri Avenue Donor Center for many months, maybe even years. In 2008, my son was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor. The tumor was removed, but the pre-surgery coma has left him unable to communicate with us in any way.
Donating blood has been very important to both my daughter and my son. We used to have such great laughs together as we were all lined up giving our life-giving products.