There are no words to express my gratitude for everyone that made Owen’s 2nd Birthday Blood Drive possible. It was an incredible day and I know Owen was smiling down on all of us and so proud of the way we honored him and are keeping him alive. It’s hard to explain what it feels like to have a party for your child and not have them there. But looking around I saw him everywhere. In the hummingbird that joined us for lunch, the yellow butterfly that followed me through the doors and the smile on each life saver’s face as they spent their Sunday paying it forward in honor of our amazing 2 year old.
It’s simply impossible to articulate what my heart felt as I donated blood for the first time. As I watched the blood flow from my veins, tears poured down my face. I thought of each selfless person that did the same thing two years ago so our son could stay with us one extra day. I prayed for each person my blood would save and I prayed for each dream they would get the chance to make a reality. I thanked God for the opportunity to save lives in memory of our boy.
On Sunday we gave 78 units of blood! That’s 78 people that gave dreams back to 4 adults or 8 babies each!!! We made a difference! We became Life Savers!
I am humbled by the love and support of the hundreds of people that joined us! I would like to give a special thank you to Sacred Heart Church and School for hosting the space and the time and talents you have offered us to make today happen! Thank you to the Sacred Heart students that fed each one of our donors and hand wrote a special thank you card to each and every visitor. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Julie’s Hallmark, Midwest Glass, Valley Pipeline, and Owen’s Nan, Pa, Nana, Papa and Great Grandma for sponsoring the event! Lastly, I could not have pulled off today without the love, support and hard work of our committee! You ladies are incredible! But, most of all I would like to thank my rock, teammate, and sidekick…. My husband! I know Owen is so proud of us!
If you were unable to attend, you can become a lifesaver anytime by visiting your local blood donation center. To find a center near you, visit http://www.redcross.org
KESQ was there doing a segment on our celebration. Video to come soon! Click Here for the article written.