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Leesburg, Florida

Our adventure started 9 years ago when my daughter, Rylee, was born at 25 weeks weighing 1lb 3oz and 11 1/2" long due to my severe preeclampsia. During her 123 day stay in NICU she received 11 blood transfusions. Her first blood transfusion was due to having a pulmonary hemorrhage and all the others were normal things for micro-preemies. Without the donations of others she would not be here or as healthy as she is today.


I knew that without these blood transfusions there was no chance of survival. We were also able to have a directed donor that provided for 10 out of her 11 transfusions. I will be forever grateful for all the donors that take the time out of their busy days to save someone else's life. I started donating blood myself in high school and have been donating again. Rylee is now going into the 4th grade and loves to dance and play with her friends. 

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