Kim, Blood Recipient
In 2013, after experiencing vomiting and fatigue, Kim Short was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia – a rare blood disorder in which the body's bone marrow doesn't make enough new blood cells.
Kim needed a bone marrow transplant to treat the disorder, but until a viable match could be found, she immediately began to receive blood transfusions to keep her blood cell count up. For her dad, Bill, a regular blood donor, the experience allowed him to see the difference each and every donation makes.
”Without the current blood supply, Kim might not be here,” Bill said. “Donating blood takes very little time, and with it, so much can be done.”
On August 29, 2013, Kim underwent a blood marrow transplant. Her 10-year-old brother, John, bravely served as her donor. Since the transplant, the anemia has subsided and Kim has remained healthy, even with a compromised immune system.
As things return to normal for the Short family, Bill remains grateful to the blood donors who gave selflessly to help his daughter. He continues to give himself, even trying to recruit new donors.
“My donations are part of my crusade to help replace what was used to help Kim,” Bill explains. “I want to be sure that the next time something like this happens the blood will be there for someone else to use.”