Give the ‘gift of life’ on Jan. 8

To the editor:

Let me introduce you to my husband, Jonny. He was a husband, father, brother, Christian, friend, farmer, mechanic and Harley rider who enjoyed the beach, the mountains, his cows, mowing the grass, baking fruitcakes, blueberry pies, grilling, or just spending time with his family. He loved life!

Life changed for him in August 2012. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is a cancer of the blood that causes cells to overproduce in the bone marrow where they crowd out healthy cells. This impacts healthy antibodies and the immune system is weakened.

Jonny needed hundreds of transfusions over five years (whole blood, platelets and plasma.) Thanks to people we never knew, the transfusions were readily available. His body couldn’t make what he needed and his life depended on people like YOU!

Jonny’s fight ended Dec.12, 2017, as his body couldn’t fight any longer and God carried him home, BUT the battle isn’t over.

The battle is a shortage of blood. We still need volunteers to donate and help save lives. There are accident victims, burn and surgery patients as well as those like Jonny who face cancer. Blood is universal for all ages, all races, all sexes, all sizes; someone somewhere needs your blood. I am asking for you to be that SOMEONE. Think of your spouse, child, parent, friend, grandmother, sibling, neighbor, etc. — someone is in need of your blood type of A,B,AB, O.

Make a difference on Jan. 8 at Coats Methodist Church by donating.

As his wife, I’m saying we received a blessing from God and unknown heroes that gave him the “gift of life” That journey does not end in death but continues in all of us to be a good neighbor, a caring friend and a believer in Christ Jesus who heals.

Vanessa Hardee



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