Oconto Falls mother donates for the love of her son

By Laura McGuire, American Red Cross

This Mother’s Day, Elizabeth Valentine-Adler from Oconto Falls celebrates life thanks to the gift of blood donations.

In 2014, Valentine-Adler experienced childbirth complications with her third son, Sam, and lost a significant amount of blood, requiring a blood transfusion.

“I had just had my third baby and had two other little boys at home that needed me to recover, come home, love and take care of them,” said Valentine-Adler.

“I couldn’t believe how incredibly weak and awful I felt before the transfusion when all I wanted was to be cuddling and bonding with my new baby. I am so thankful for the generosity of blood donors who allowed me to get better. Your commitment and willingness to take the time is lifesaving.”    

Elizabeth Valentine-Adler with her son, Sam.

Prior to needing blood Valentine-Adler said she never thought of those on the receiving end. Halfway through her transfusion she said she felt like a brand-new person.

“I told myself at some point down the road, I would give blood as a way of giving back,” said Valentine-Adler.

You can make a life-saving gift as a blood donor. Make an appointment at an upcoming drive near you at RedCrossBlood.org.

Now, seven years later she is donating blood for others and is encouraging other people to think of those who may need blood. When asked why she donates she replied, “Sam is my reason why!

Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood and more than 2,600 platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide.

On upcoming drive in northeast Wisconsin has a bonus gift for mothers who donate. The Green Bay Packers Give Back Community Blood Drive is Monday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lambeau Field in the Johnsonville Tailgate Village, located in the east parking lot outside the American Family Insurance Gate. All presenting donors can enter into a raffle for a chance to win great prizes from the Packers and receive a free giveaway item, while supplies last. In celebration of Mother’s Day, all mothers who present to donate will also receive a single flower from Flowerama, while supplies last.

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