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Amy, New Castle, DE

Amy Blackthorn of New Castle, DE, was hit by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel.  Emergency responders cut her from her vehicle and Amy was flown to Christiana hospital.  There, she underwent a ten hour long surgery to save her life. Many units of blood were used during the operation.  Her determination and courage combined with her doctors’ care led to a full recovery.  After her recuperation, she applied her tenacity to a new mission – supporting the Delmarva blood supply.  Amy donates whole blood regularly to show her appreciation for those who helped save her life.  She explained, “Saying thank you isn’t enough.”  Amy visits BBD every 56 days, “You get to catch up with friends and watch TV.  It’s relaxing and you feel amazing after you donate!”  She encourages all community members to follow suit.  Amy believes each donation has a huge impact, “You become a hero to that patient, their friends, and family members.”