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Steven K.

St. Petersburg, Florida

In October of 2002, Steven was driving westbound just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Another car, driven by a retired firefighter returning home from his granddaughter’s wedding was headed east. The firefighter had fallen asleep and lost control of his car which careened into the westbound lane directly in front of Steven. Steven was unable to stop his car, which crashed into the other car’s driver side door, killing the other driver on impact.

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Steven survived the impact and even remained conscious, though in deep shock. The emergency crew had to cut the roof off his car to free him and he was airlifted to the nearest trauma hospital for emergency surgery. He doesn’t remember any of the ordeal, but was told he kept repeating the phrase “whatever it takes” in response to the emergency crew’s questions. In fact, Steven only remembers being on his couch at home and then waking up six days later in the brain injury ward.

Steven received 22 units of blood during three surgeries, leaving him with five plates, 21 screws and 2 pins in his reconstructed arms. He is extremely grateful for everyone and everything that allowed for his recovery from the accident.

Steven knows the impact we can all have by donating blood and is a regular donor. He has even risen to a greater level to “pay it forward” and has become a blood drive chairperson, hosting blood drives and encouraging others to give.

Where Are They Now

March 2020 - Steven recently shared an update with us. He has continued to donate blood regularly, recently reaching his 2 Gallon milestone. With his work in the health and wellness space, he is also able to share information about the importance of donating blood. Steven said he feels great and his health is good, and he doesn't let his accident keep him from working to reach optimal health!

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