I’ve been a blood drive coordinator for several years, but it wasn’t until this past year that I realized how important donating is. My 6-year-old granddaughter was diagnosed with stage one RMS (or rhabdomyosarcoma) cancer in November. She had to undergo six months of weekly chemo treatments and one month of daily radiation treatments. We were told about the possibility of her needing blood if her numbers dropped. During her treatment she needed two units, and her energy and her color changed within minutes. I would like to thank and encourage everyone to donate — it does make a difference, you are saving a life. My granddaughter, Bella, is doing well — she is cancer free. Thank you to all who donate!