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Blood donor says giving blood might have saved her own life

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13abc's All-American Blood Drive begins on Friday, June 27. One donation of blood can save three lives.

For one donor, it might have saved her own life. Toledoan Susan De Nies was a donor for years before she got some unexpected news.

"It was pretty shocking, but what do you do?" She said.

Susan De Nies had a massive head injury several years ago. She said she never needed blood,

"But I saw people who did need blood and I thought that's just my part."

From then on, she gave blood every time she could. She gave gallons of blood, hundreds of times over the years.

"The biggest one I cared about was the Ohio vs. Michigan blood battle, De Nies said laughing. "So I made sure I was always in Columbus to give my pint."

But just this past January, just one day after giving blood, she got a call.

"Had no symptoms of anything. I felt fine. I went home and I got a call the next day and they said, 'This is the Red Cross. We test your blood on a regular basis and you have a very strange/abnormal white blood cell count."

The Red Cross said her white blood cell count was over five times the normal level. After more tests, doctors told De Nies she has leukemia.

"I'm grateful to the Red Cross because they found it. They may have saved my life. I don't know, they may have just given me several years to find it early so that it can be treated earlier. I'm very very grateful.

Because of the disease, De Nies can no longer give blood, but is encouraging others to do their part.

"I can't save everyone. I'm not a soldier. I'm not a fireman, I'm not a police officer. Each and every one of them gives something to our society-I'm a teacher-I teach. so we all do our part. And I just think that if we give our part, we do our part, what comes around goes around.

The 13abc All-American Blood Drive, co-sponsored by K100 and Roots Poultry, is from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 27. It is being held inside the University of Toledo's Rocket Hall.

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