In 2010, my wife discovered a sore on the back of her tongue. What we thought was an allergic reaction turned out to be a lymphoma. After many tests and consultations, she was admitted to the University of Virginia hospital for chemotherapy. Over the three month treatment period, my wife received several blood transfusions. Blood is not something you can get from your local pharmacy. It requires volunteers to selflessly give of themselves to help others. I learned firsthand how vitally important this gift of life truly is. I am happy to say that the treatments were successful and my wife is now cancer free. I want to say thank you to everyone that helped her by giving my blood and platelets to those in need now.