I started donating platelets a few years ago. I posted in Facebook about my experience and Rich responded by saying “Thank you, you are helping me stay alive.” After a response like that, how could I not continue?
Rich was an amazing colleague. We were both elected delegates to the Michigan Education Association and National Education Association. A quiet, gentle, and caring gentleman, Rich made friends wherever he went. He was a great listener, sharing thoughtful ideas and solutions and was recognized as the Michigan Support Professional of the Year in 2014.
In his personal life, Rich was an avid fisherman. Discussion with family and friends were always about when, where, and how to fish. A member of the Anglers for the Au Sable River, he was also recognized by Trout’s Unlimited 2016 Legendary Fly Fisherman.
He had the biggest heart in the world and his goal in life was to make the world a better place for his family, his friends, and the students in his district.
Rich passed away in July after suffering 22 years of illness. We want to continue helping others, as he did, especially children and young adults with Myasthenia Gravis.
Will you help me with my SleevesUp campaign?
Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Help me to celebrate life by ensuring that patients in need get life saving blood.
I’m asking for my friends to make and keep an appointment to give blood to the American Red Cross. It’s easy to find an appointment that’s near to you and every donation can help save up to three lives.
Click the link below to view my campaign and pledge to give.