Thought I'd share: I just got this email message here at work. This is a very special lady! "Good Morning Everyone, I am sure you have all seen Mike's E-Mails that the blood drive is next week. Have you ever wondered why you should give blood? or where does your blood go? For 50 years I gave blood and asked these questions. It was not until 2006 that the answers came to me loud and clear. I went to the American Red Cross to donate platelets but when they did their preliminary blood check I was not allowed to donate because my blood was dangerously low. They told me to see my doctor immediately. That was a life saving moment. I was later diagnosed with several serious conditions, but because of early detection treatable. Later that same year and into the following year(2007) I once again had to call upon The American Red Cross again. During the course of that year I received transfusions of 17 pints of blood and 16 units of platelets. I am glad I gave blood. For 50 years I gave blood and did not need it but when I did, there were people like you there for me. Please give, pay forward. You may not need blood for 50 years also or maybe never but someone you know or love may. I can no longer give blood but hope you will keep up the tradition and keep giving blood for people like me. Thanks for your time and NO this is not a paid advertisement."