Back in 1986, Midland resident Gregg Franjione didn’t realize how much impact blood donation would have on his life. Gregg just knew that giving blood was “an easy way to help out others,” but admits he “never thought about the recipients much.” The company he worked for at the time – Dow Chemical – hosted blood drives, so it was a convenient way for Gregg to become a first-time donor.
Many units of blood and a few years later, Gregg and his wife Laurene became parents for the first time in 1991, as their eldest son Sam was born. Two years after Sam arrived, they welcomed second son Jesse, and their youngest son Benjamin rounded out their family tree in 1999.
The joy of giving birth to Benjamin quickly turned to deep concern when he was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, which is a combination of four congenital heart defects. Gregg and Laurene were told that Ben would need open-heart surgery to survive.