E3 Visitors Help Save Lives

Written By: E. Thomas

06/03/2009

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The American Red Cross was holding a blood drive at the 2009 E3 Expo. Many kind and generous individuals donated their blood and their time to this extremely important event. I was lucky enough to interview two donors as I went inside the Mobile Command Unit operated by the Red Cross.

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The first person I met was Mary Stout. (Seen here in the black t-shirt.) Mary was attending the expo with her husband when she took time out of her busy schedule to give this much needed donation. Even though I am sure she must have been tired from giving blood and attending the expo, she was gracious enough to answer my questions and pose for these nice photos. She is a wonderful person and it was my pleasure to meet her and her husband.

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The second person I was lucky enough to meet was David Collins. (Seen here in the reclined position.) David runs the web site Quagmire's Kingdom. (http://www.kingquagmire.com/) David was also kind enough to answer my questions and pose for my camera. He also explained the origin of the name for his web site, which by the way has nothing to do with Family Guy. Its a great site and I strongly recommend you check it out.

In my life I have seen first hand just how badly the American Red Cross needs blood. Visit a procedure center in any hospital and you will quickly learn the truth. The average hospital goes through enormous amounts of blood every single day. Honestly, I have no idea how the Red Cross can acquire so much blood. That is why I am extremely grateful to people like David and Mary for their generosity. And to everyone who donates their blood. When the Red Cross says that giving blood saves lives they really mean it.

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Not only is their donation important, but they actually gave blood while attending E3! That alone is a super human feat. E3 is a paradise for gamers like me, but its also extremely grueling. My body will ache for days after the event. My feet are sore and covered in blisters. Donating blood at E3 must be like running a marathon and climbing a mountain in the same day.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to David and Mary for their donations and for agreeing to be a part of this article. I wish them all the best.  

About The Author: E.Thomas has been a blood donor for many years. He is a strong advocate of the American Red Cross, and a devoted supporter of blood donation.