Meet the O'Leary family
Kathleen, Cassandra and Kathryne. A grandmother, mother and daughter impacted by life changing circumstances.
Grandmother Kathleen was once a blood donor. When her life got busy, like many of ours do, she stopped donating for a while. That is, until her daughter Cassandra experienced a high risk pregnancy. Baby Kathryne was born nearly three months early, weighing only two pounds. Kathryne spent a long time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and during her stay, needed a blood transfusion.
Grandmother Kathleen never realized that her life would be changed because of Kathryne’s need for a transfusion. She now makes donating blood a regular part of her routine.
“I cannot imagine not donating. When Kathryne was a week old it startled me to think that this tiny life needed a blood transfusion,” says Kathleen. “We are very blessed to have people donate. What if no one had given? She’s alive because of transfusions and caring people.”
For proud mom, Cassandra, Kathryne’s birth brought another new direction in her life. She is studying nursing and hopes to someday work in the NICU.
As for baby Kathryne, she is surrounded by loving family and has a great future ahead of her.