My sister, Rebecca Grant Mullins, was born with Thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) syndrome. TAR means that she was born without the radius bone in each forearm, preventing extension in her arms in addition to a shortage (deficiency) of blood cells involved in clotting (platelets). She was helped by The Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, SC, from a very young age.
Unfortunately, at 11 years of age, our family needed the Shriners Hospital for Children once again. While cooking, my sister’s sleeves caught fire, resulting in 60% severe burns to her body. She was flown to Chapel Hill, NC, then to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, OH. She underwent innumerable hospitalizations and surgeries until the age of 21. The Shriners Hospital for Children does phenomenon work and provides excellent support for the families. Our family will forever be grateful.
Today, I ask you to pledge to give blood as there is a nationwide shortage in memory of my larger-than-life sister, who never let anything get her down and always had a smile on her face. If you cannot give blood, I encourage you to provide a monetary donation to either the American Red Cross or The Shriners Hospital for Children. Both organizations do great work and need support for all those they help.
May God Bless you!
Michelle Grant Mills