Hi, I’m Marybeth Cooper. My oldest son Larry was born with a severe and rare congenital heart defect (CHD). CHD is an abnormality in the heart that develops before birth. Before Larry was 6 weeks old he had two open heart surgeries and placed on a heart/lung machine. In total, he has had 7 open heart surgeries. He is never fixed. He is patched until the patch wears off.
Two months after giving birth, a blood drive was held at the hospital and I knew they needed blood so I went down to donate. I had donated blood before and my son was needing gallons of blood transfusions because of his condition. This was my call to action: I had to start donating gallons because he was using gallons!