Tis the season to give, or in my case, to receive, apparently. Once again, I've been showered with blog awards, and I can't tell you how flattered and honored it makes me feel. Well, maybe I can:
Now, for the awards, which I accept most graciously:
Thank you to the lovely Angie Kate of Always Write and the sweetheart Princess Courtney at Southern Princess Both of their blogs are remarkable, not to mention super fun, so check them out!
Thank you to the remarkable Elizabeth Spann Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder for this beautiful award, which she herself created (isn't that super cool?). I always come away feeling renergized as a writer after reading her blog (full of great tips and advice for writers). So it's a must: go see what her blog's all about.
Last but most certainly not least, thank you to Michele Emrath at Southern City Mysteries for this amazing award. Michele was kind enough to create this award and pass it on to me (as the first recipient) for completing a manuscript! Now, that's awesome! Just finishing my manuscript had felt like such a remarkable accomplishment, but what an honor to have someone acknowledge your efforts in such a way. Please stop by her brilliant blog.
As always, there are rules that come attached to the awards, namely to identify the givers and to pass the awards on, if I desire. And I will definitely be passing them on...later. But first, I've had something kind of big on my mind this past week, and all this talk of giving and receiving has really sort of driven it home; so I'd like to share it with you. If you'll bear with me, I promise I'll get back to the blog mentions and big huge thank yous tomorrow.
But today, well...you see, last week, I made a promise to someone that I would donate blood plasma to help Hannah, a sixteen year old girl who has to undergo plasmapheresis, a procedure that replaces nearly half of her blood plasma with that of donors. You can read all about her story here, written by Tricia Fields. I don't know Hannah, but I know she is a girl in need, and I have what she needs: Type A+ blood. But guess what? It turns out I don't qualify as a donor because I don't meet all the criteria as required by the plasma bank.
And I can't even begin to tell you how much this has bothered me. But, it shouldn't right? I don't even know this poor girl. But this whole week, here's what's been running through my mind: Her name is Hannah. She's sixteen. And she's sick. And I have what she needs. But they won't let me give it to her.
You know, A+ is a fairly common blood type. This means that there will likely be other donors. But there are also alot of people who require that same kind as well.
But none of that matters. None of it. Because I have a name. Her name is Hannah.
It's beyond my ability to help her, but maybe you can. If you have type A+ blood, please consider making a donation at your local blood plasma bank. Check out the PlasmaCare website to see where you can donate. You will need to meet this criteria:
1. Be between the ages of 18 and 65
2. Weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health
3. Provide a valid picture ID and a document with your Social Security number
4. Prove that you reside within our center’s marketing radius. Contact your local center if you're unsure.
And once you're there, tell them you want to donate to Hannah Blair at LeBonheur [in Memphis, TN]. Call LeBonheur at 901 287 – KIDS and ask for 6th floor nursing station. Ask them to fax the release to the blood bank where you give.*
That's it. You have a name. Will you help her?**
*These are the instructions as outlined by Tricia Fields.
**Even if you don't have A+ blood type, you can still donate to help many other patients. They'll even pay you for it.