Receiving blood is receiving life – local mom receives precious gift over the holidays

By Laura McGuire, American Red Cross

The American Red Cross’ 2021 holiday message – “Give With Meaning” – resonates with the sentiments that Tracy Rose from Madison celebrates each day.

Four years ago during the holidays, Rose experienced pregnancy complications with her second child. She was diagnosed with placenta previa which threatened both her and her baby’s life. In order for both of them to survive she required a blood transfusion.  

Ten hours and two pints of blood later, Rose and her baby’s condition significantly improved. Several weeks later, Rose went on to deliver a healthy baby girl, that they named Maya.

Tracy Rose, right, poses for a family photo with, from left, her husband Chris Teetaert, Maya, Oliver and their dog Rayden. Rose is grateful for blood donations that helped her family through a pregnancy complications.

“I was very hesitant at first (to receive blood) as I have always been a person to donate blood, not get blood,” said Rose. “Without this blood transfusion, I would have perished, and my baby’s life would have been compromised, too. When the final drops were in, I remember taking a deep sigh of relief. I cannot thank donors across the world more for this gift of life.”

Currently, Rose is not eligible to donate blood. However, she encourages others to “Give With Meaning” by coordinating Red Cross blood drives twice a year at Millapore Sigma, where she is employed.

“I am so glad the Red Cross is here for people in times of need,” said Rose. “Thank you for saving my life, my baby’s life, and my family’s life.”

The Red Cross of Wisconsin region provides numerous opportunities for eligible blood donors to give blood this holiday season. That includes four signature drives, each with holiday flair and giveaways:

  • The 36th annual Madison Holiday Blood Drive, Dec. 23 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Exhibition Hall in the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison.
  • The Green Bay Holiday Blood Drive, Dec. 23, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist School, 2561 Glendale Ave., Green Bay and Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ashwaubenon Community Center, 900 Anderson Drive, Ashwaubenon.
  • The Chippewa Valley Holiday Blood Drive, Dec. 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Northwest Chapter, 3728 Spooner Ave., Altoona.
  • Milwaukee Day of Donations Blood Drive, Dec. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.
  • The La Crosse Holiday Drive will be held over two days, on Dec. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. at Pearl Street Brewery, 1401 St. Andrew St., and Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 200 Second St.

Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be taken as space allows.

You can “Give With Meaning” this holiday season. Schedule an appointment to donate blood at an upcoming blood drive by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can also find ways to make a financial donation or join us as a volunteer at RedCross.org.

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