People sign up and line up to give.
To give their life’s blood.
Most not realizing the impact of the life giving power…
Giving to strangers. In honor of a little boy they may or may not have known.
In a school he loved. In the very room where he graduated from fifth grade.
And that very next day he fell in our driveway.
The fall that ruptured a tumor in his liver. A rupture that pumped every precious bit of his own blood out into his abdomen.
Causing his heart to stop.
Fifty-four units of life-saving blood pumped back into him over the next 48 hours before they could finally stop the bleeding in his liver.
Fifty-four units that gave us almost another year with our son…before the cancer stole him away.
A part of themselves.
So others might live.
Shedding their own blood for strangers.
Power. In their blood. Giving. For you? For me?
HE shed HIS blood so that we ALL might live.
My back ached from standing and talking to people for nearly 8 hours. But, my heart was full from the sharing….stories of hurt and hope. Stories of how our son, how our family, touched their lives.
And it is ME who is encouraged.
I think about the many people who write checks everyday that help feed, clothe and assist less fortunate or victims of natural disasters.
But giving blood has nothing to do with wealth, money or social status.
The poorest man in the world can save the richest man in the world simply by giving something his or her body produces naturally. He has the power to save…
And who benefits most – the giver or the receiver?
Doesn’t the fragrance linger in the hand that gives the rose?
Can we ever sincerely try to help another without helping ourselves?
Will you have the courage to give this year? In honor of a memory of a little boy you may have known or you may not have known.
Your blood may even save the life of someone you love…
God bless you all for your support!
waiting to donate…
carts loaded and ready to roll with life-saving blood
Zack’s first grade teacher, Emily Ann Wood Jones, couldn’t make it to the blood drive so she went to the center in her town to give. Love you Emily Ann!
Teresa Dunn was such a good sport despite problems with her “sticker”. Thank you friend!!
Thank you all for giving!
Red Cross Blood Drive in Memory of Zack Mayo
WILMINGTON, NC, July 22,
2013 – Three years ago 12-year-old Zack Mayo was diagnosed with liver cancer
which was discovered after a tumor on his liver ruptured during a fall. The
rupture caused a horrific bleed out that resulted in cardiac arrest among other
That day the team of doctors and professionals at
New Hanover County Regional Medical Center saved Zack’s life. This would not
have been possible without blood donors who supplied the 50+ units of blood Zack
received during his first 24 hours in ICU.
Throughout the next year of
his cancer treatment, Zack would receive countless amounts of blood and
platelets. Sadly, the cancer proved to be too much for young Zack and he passed
away on May 28, 2011.
“Even though the cancer ultimately took his life,
we are grateful for every moment we had with him and we know his life was
extended thanks to generous blood donors,” said Wendy Mayo, Zack’s
In memory of Zack, a blood drive is being held in his honor on
Wednesday, July 31 from 1:30-7:00pm at Parsley Elementary School (where Zack
attended K-5th grade) located at 3518 Masonboro Loop Rd,
Those interested in donating blood can make an appointment at
redcrossblood.org/make-donation and use sponsor code PARSLEY or call Shannon
Pipkin at 910-443-0534.
The American Red Cross issued an emergency
request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and
give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the
first week of July.
Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down
approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than
expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June
Schedule an appointment or visit a blood drive near you and help
save lives by calling1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule a
blood donation appointment.
About the American Red Cross
Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of
disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that
save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military
members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that
depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its
mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter