by Tom Rademacher, Veteran Grand Rapids Press columnist and long-time Michigan Blood donor
To be completely honest about it, John Wagner had never been exposed that intimately to the need. He’d never lost someone close. Hadn’t known anyone who endured a traumatic accident. And wasn’t viscerally tied to someone gravely ill.
Until, that is, John’s older brother Joe was diagnosed with cancer.
That changed everything. And today, John Wagner, 33, is a lot more conscious of the ever-present need for blood.