CSP-Solano employee asks others to consider donating blood, plasma

(Editor’s note: This is a first-person account of choosing to make a blood donation for the holiday season.)

By Sharen Etienne-LeBeau, Office Assistant (Typing)
California State Prison-Solano

I decided this holiday season to give the gift of life instead of material items. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, I went to the Center of the Pacific Blood Bank to donate red blood cells, platelets (for cancer patients) and plasma for burn victims. While listening to people talk about their battle with cancer or assisting a family member with cancer, I decided it was a good time to make a difference for others that is life changing and not heavy on my wallet.

Cancer has affected most people so we can relate and appreciate any assistance to help our loved ones. My mother was a two-time breast cancer survivor and had I known about donating platelets then, I would have done all I could to assist her but she beat it with chemotherapy and radiology treatments.

Please consider giving the gift of life not only during the holiday season but all-year round.

 

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4 Responses

  1. Sharen Etienne-LeBeau Friday, January 13, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Please do. January is National Blood Donors month.

  2. Joy Martin Thursday, December 22, 2016 / 8:52 am

    You are a brave soul! Thank you for your valuable donation and for sharing with others a way that they can give a very precious gift indeed!

    • Sharen Etienne-LeBeau Friday, January 13, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      Thank you Joy. When I first donated about a decade ago and found out how my blood donation helped two little girls, I became a blood donor advocate.

  3. anndriena johnson Tuesday, December 20, 2016 / 9:57 am

    That is amazing. I’m going to look into it myself.

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