Blood hits home for Dave Nash, a Field Representative at Indiana Blood Center. Below, Dave tells his story of why he shows up for work everyday.
I realized in the middle of my interview for this job, that my late wife had led the blood drives at her workplace. It took a moment before I regained my composure, but I knew immediately that this was the right job for me.
A few months after I had begun work at a newspaper in suburban Chicago, a blood drive was planned. The person coordinating the blood drive at the newspaper was a very attractive woman from the accounting department.
She asked, no… told me that I would be donating blood and she needed to know what time. Since I had appointments out of town during the blood drive, I was informed that I would accompany her to the blood center office to donate after work. I did. We were married a little over a year later.
Several years later after our daughter was born, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Chemo treatments were hard on her and she needed transfusions to regain her energy. She talked about how important it was to her that she had been able to lead blood drives, donate and help others who needed blood now that she had experienced the relief that a transfusion can give to someone who is sick.
She wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper encouraging others to donate. Our daughter is now 15. After reading that letter, she is determined to be a regular blood donor as well.
My job is to convince schools, churches, businesses and other organizations to hold blood drives and train a group within the organization to lead and recruit for the blood drive.
“I encourage each person leading a blood drive to share these types of personal stories to illustrate the importance of donating blood.”
Dave, thank you for sharing your story with us. Your passion and dedication are much appreciate and do not go unnoticed.
Let’s honor Dave’s efforts and his wife’s courageous battle by Raising Our Sleeves. Make an appointment to donate blood today at DonorPoint.org and tomorrow… You’ll have someone’s undying gratitude.