Long-time Secretary of State Ralph Munro was vaccinating children for polio in Ethiopia when the mitral valve in his heart collapsed. He returned home, and during surgery experienced excessive bleeding. He needed a blood transfusion.
Thanks to safe, tested and clean blood from the Puget Sound Blood Center, Munro recovered. Stories like his are played out every day in South Sound hospitals, and lives are saved.
Next Tuesday, a support group of local businessmen, political figures and Olympia Center volunteers is hosting a 7 a.m. fundraising breakfast at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey.
They hope to raise enough money to purchase an apheresis machine for the blood center that allows people to donate one or more needed components of their blood and return the rest to the donor.
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We hope the community will support this event. The next life saved could be yours.