Giving blood provides others with life-saving blood transfusions. While contexts differ among those who receive blood, for each person the transfusions are life-saving and life-giving. Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood, yet only 3% of people give blood. In fact, more than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day just to keep up with the demand, yet, only 3% of people give blood. More than 1M people are diagnosed with cancer every year and many of them need blood, yet only 3% of people give blood.

For many years, my father, Walt Miller, had been severely anemic and doctors tried to determine and eliminate the root cause of his anemia. He received numerous transfusions over the past few years. Because he had multiple other health issues like COPD, a lack of blood taxed the rest of his organs. Early this summer, he received 11 units of blood in a 2 week hospital stay. That's as much blood as the average person has in their entire body!

My family is indebted to those gracious individuals who gave blood that my father received because we (his five children and wife) were all able to be by his side the last week of his life. The blood transfusions enabled us to spend precious time with him before he passed away July 7.

For those of you who didn't know my dad and would like to know more about him, you can learn everything you need to know by reading the eulogy I wrote for his funeral.

Holy Cross Catholic Church, the church I attend, is hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Saturday December 7, 2013 from 8:00am-2:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. December 7, in fact, happens to mark 5 months since my father's passing, so it would be great to honor my father and all of his donors by making this the largest blood drive ever! To make your appointment go to and enter sponsor code: holycrosscc

I will be there giving blood and supporting all those who choose to help people like my father.  I ask you one simple favor.

Please donate blood--You may help someone like me, get to spend an extra week with their father.

Lee Miller
National Director
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