It’s been 12 years since Mary Kneibel received heartbreaking news that her son, Patrick, was diagnosed with severe idiopathic aplastic anemia. The rare condition causes a person's bone marrow to stop producing new blood cells, and it is often a life-threatening diagnosis.
As the family nervously waited through treatments and an eventual bone marrow transplant, blood donors helped save Patrick’s life by providing lifesaving red blood cell and platelet donations.
“Blood donors were crucial to my son Patrick’s survival. Plain and simple, blood donors are lifesavers,” says Mary.