For Kelly and Thor, Blood Donations Changed Everything

“In 2013, I was pregnant with Thor and right away I was really sick. I started going to a lot of specialist and doctors and getting a lot of blood work. Every time, the conclusion and advice were the same, which was, ‘We do not know what is going on, it is complicated because you are pregnant. The doctors diagnosed me with a disease called severe Aplastic Anemia where the bone marrow in my body was not making enough blood lines to sustain my life or the life of my son. I remained in the hospital until I was able to deliver Thor and in order to sustain our pregnancy until 33 weeks, I was a frequent recipient of blood and platelets. There’s no way to describe the impact that the American Red Cross has had on our lives, but it will continue to be limitless.”