Donate to the Blood Bank of Delmarva

On January 9, 2014, I gave birth to my second child. After a healthy pregnancy, I expected all to be fine. But about 20 minutes after delivering, I began to hemorrhage. I lost 40 percent of my blood volume and went into shock. I was rushed to the operating room and over the next 24 hours received four blood transfusions.

Without the Blood Bank of Delmarva and its blood donors, I would not be here. I had to wait a full year until I was allowed to donate blood, but 16 months later, I am healthy and I am grateful that I am able to give back. And I am encouraging as many people as possible to do the same.

The Blood Bank recently kicked off its Annual Summer Blood Challenge, which continues until Sept. 26. This is the time of year when donations are typically low, so it’s an opportunity for anyone who qualifies to make a huge impact on someone else’s life. And it doesn’t cost a dime, and it takes less than an hour.

So please, go to and schedule an appointment. “Be Someone’s Hero.”