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Life Prolonged and Comfort Provided

By Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.
Seaman Recruit Sereniti Issacs-Thomas has an interest in all things related to the medical field. After she graduated from Navy boot camp Aug. 4, she plans on “striking” for the hospital corpsman program.

She has seen how providing medical care for the sick and injured is important for the comfort of those who are sick.

Seaman Recruit Sereniti Issacs-Thomas shared her blood utilization story of her grandmother Ruthie Smith, and how transfusions prolonged her life and provided comfort during her illness.

“During the winter of 2010, my grandmother was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Chemotherapy and its brutal side effects took an extremely rough toll on her body,” Issacs-Thomas said.

Issacs-Thomas’ mother, Marceita Thomas, provided more on the medical care and transfusions that provided more family time for her mother. Despite the inevitability of the disease, Smith continued on each day.

“She was very exhausted and sick after her treatments. At this stage we pretty much knew that she wouldn't get better but there were some things that helped,” Thomas said.

Since she was anemic she would get blood transfusions which allowed her to be more awake and alert. Those blood transfusions allowed her to spend more time with her grandchildren which she absolutely loved.

“The doctors said she didn’t have very long to live at one point, but my grandmother defeated the odds,” Issacs-Thomas said. “She had the opportunity to prolong her goodbye because of blood donors. I donate as often as I can because there is someone out there who could certainly use it. I appreciate all blood donors because they may help someone else's grandmother who would give anything to spend one more day or one more moment with her grandkids.”

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.