transfusion of blood.

in the hospital, my mom, as director of blood services for the american red cross, worried that she was completely diminishing the city’s supply of blood. to belie her concerns, the various chapters in north carolina coordinated a blood drive in her honor. they produced posters with her picture and a few lines about her situation.

when the doors opened on the morning of the blood drive, the lines stretched around the building. eventually, people were turned away. in terms of units, it was the second most successful behind the donations that followed the terrorist attacks of september eleven. she admonishes us whenever we try to reward her first.

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