Paying it Forward

Kathy Hohenstreiter, from Seymour, Ind. donates blood every chance she gets. Kathy’s life has been directly affected by blood and therefore, she has become a dedicated Indiana Blood Center donor. Below Kathy shares her inspiring story.

Trey (in red) and his brother, Trent

My husband Dwayne and I became avid blood donors back in 2006 when our then 4-year-old son, Trey, was diagnosed with leukemia.

Trey quickly began chemotherapy to treat his leukemia. Chemotherapy would kill all of Trey’s “good blood cells,” making him extremely weak and tired. When Trey began feeling this way, there was only one thing that seemed to make him livelier and that was blood. We ALWAYS knew when he needed blood or platelets.

Blood would put the energy right back into Trey. After Trey received a blood transfusion, it felt like we would leave Riley with a whole different kid then when we walked in earlier that day.

Trey had 13 blood transfusions and five platelet transfusions. And before each and every transfusion, Trey, Dwayne and I would pray for the person who donated the blood. We knew these were special people because they took the time out of their lives and day-to-day activities to donate blood.

I speak for only myself, but I know that if I could see what donating blood did for my 4-year-old son, I know it will do the same for others.

Today I have a healthy son because people took an hour out of their day to donate blood.

We are blessed because people took time, and it is now time for us to pay it forward! Dwayne and I both try to donate every 56 days!

Donating blood saves the lives of kids fighting cancer, but it also saves the hearts of all the parents watching their children go through this, knowing there are people who care!

Blood saves lives and so should you. Raise Your Sleeve in honor of Trey and his courageous fight for life! Make an appointment at

2 thoughts on “Paying it Forward

  1. Richard Beam says:

    Kathy, your son’s story of help and recovery is most inspirational. I too am an Indiana Blood Center donor. I try to always Pray for the recepients of my platelets whenever my donations are on my mind. Driving to Muncie I often stop at McDonalds in Hartford City. Three or four years ago a cancer patient was in that restaurant in the booth next to me. She and her family and I carried on a converstation for a few minutes. In Praying for her I am always reminded that my platelets will probably be going to someone fighting cancer and possible a leukemia patient. We all need to be thankful for the health we have and be willing to share. Saving lives is the best way to share and in doing so we are reminded to do what we can to remain healthy ourselves. Dick

    1. Kathy Hohenstreiter says:

      Thanks Dick! It is people like you that made our family’s cancer journey a little bit easier. Praying was our way of saying thank you because we know what the power of prayer can do! God has plans for all of us and part of it is giving back as well as sharing his word! God Bless you and all you do in saving lives!

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