Posted by: Susan | January 26, 2011

A daughter…A donation…and down syndrome

April gave a donation on Monday.  No she didn’t give money or clean her closet and donate her extra clothes.

We get to the donation center and April fills out the myriad of questions by herself! Filling out medical forms is a very important life skill and she has done this form six times.

Here is what I said from a previous post back in September when she was doing this for the 4th time.

This was her 4th blood donation.  Her first time was at her high school.  It also happened to be her birthday and she was giving a present-her blood. Since then 3 more times for a total of 4 pints of blood.  A half-gallon of the precious red stuff because that is what she wanted to do.  She tells me she donates because she wants to save lives.  My daughter with down syndrome is saving lives.  The same darling girl who people sometimes look at in a funny way, have made comments about and perhaps even snickered at as she goes about her day.  I understand that not all people value people who have disabilities.  But here is the irony.  April’s blood might be the very blood that saves someone with that kind of attitude. When you need blood you don’t ask about race, religion or disability. You are just thankful that it is there because you need it.  Keep saving and changing people’s lives April. Blood donation is truly the ultimate inclusion project.

Fast forward to Monday.

Our darling daughter…gave her 6th blood donation…and no one here cares that she has down syndrome. Keep saving lives my April!


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