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.
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.
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 DonorPoint.org.