Shaw: Blood donations saved my son
Minden High teacher Alan Shaw can say without a doubt donated blood saved his son Colson's life.
That reality makes it easy for Shaw to encourage the public to donate to the upcoming LifeShare blood drive.
Colson Shaw once suffered with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a blood disorder where the bone marrow does not produce red blood cells, according to his dad.
"Because he was not able to produce his own (red blood cells) we had to always fill him back up," Shaw said. "We always said he was like a car. A car runs out of gas you fill it up with gas. He ran out of blood we would fill him up with blood."
Colson received a bone marrow transplant from his brother Cade and is "completely healed" according to Shaw who said, "If we hadn't had people to donate blood to Colson, he wouldn't have been alive and of course the transplant he went through never would have been possible – so he wouldn't be here."
He continued, "Their donations literally ... we know for a fact saved a life because it saved his life."
Lifeshare Community Blood Drive will be held from noon until 6 p.m. Monday, December 19 at the Minden Civic Center.
LifeShare representative Mary Jo Henderson said that since this is the season for giving, she hopes residents will give the gift of life.
"This is a hard time of year for blood banks," Henderson said. "And we are extremely low on all types of blood. We just hope and pray that people will find it in their hearts to turn out for this drive."
Donors can be as young as 16 but a parent must be present and all donors must present identification.