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Opinion

May 17, 2014

In Your Opinion: Donate time and blood for others

It’s that time of year again. Memorial Day will soon be upon us and I am again asking for all of you to consider adopting a grave this year. 

Last year I had my twin granddaughters and we were at the Davenport Greenhouse and they mentioned to a lady that their grandmother adopts graves. I was loading what I bought into the car and I see the twins and the lady coming to my car with flats of flowers, hanging baskets. My car was so full of plants we had to come home and unload so we could go grocery shopping.

Later that night we went to the Otego cemetery and I let them pick out the graves they wanted to honor and I believe we had enough for 14. They thought that was so awesome and I was very proud they helped Grandma with her project. So please find a place in your heart and adopt a grave and honor that person. It makes you feel so good that these people are not forgotten. 

I also have another favor to ask. Last year I learned about donating platelets and plasma and this is a new passion of mine. I have very rare blood, so I can donate plasma and platelets; you can either donate blood, platelets, plasma, RBC’s. I found out that my platelets work well with children undergoing treatment for leukemia. How cool is that! 

You can donate at the Red Cross in Binghamton across from the Christmas Tree Shop, or in Utica. If you donate platelets, it takes 90 minutes. When you donate you get to know the workers and they make you feel like family. Ninety minutes of my life could save a life or lives. So I am asking that you also consider donating the gift of life. 

Judith A. Scanlon

Otego

Scanlon is a medical transcriptionist at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

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