A family member recently passed away from esophageal cancer. To say that it's a hard time for his immediate family would be a gross understatement. My extended family is very close-knit, and I know that this closeness will help everyone through this tough time.
After his diagnosis, he survived 11 months. This was well beyond what the doctors originally imagined. Blood transfusions were the major factor that extended his life.
I used to think that blood transfusions were just for victims of accidents or people who had surgery. Every day donated blood saves the lives of thousands of cancer patients, as well as those affected by other diseases.
I hope that anyone who is able to donate blood does so on a regular basis.