Blood transfusions help keep a local teen, alive

Posted at: 09/26/2013 6:51 PM
Updated at: 09/27/2013 2:42 PM
By: Benita Zahn

It's not always easy to know when you've done good in this world.

We want to re-introduce you to Regina McGuire.

We first interviewed her almost 10 years ago when she was about to get a blood transfusion.

Now, take a look at her progress today.

Regina McGuire is the youngest of four sisters, her favorite subjects in school are math and science.

On the verge of turning 16 she can't wait to get her license. She's thinking about a career in police work and so much more.

“I want to move to New York City. That's where I want to go to college and stuff,” she says.

Stuff might include trying her hand at performing in New York as she's an accomplished singer, actress and violinist.

To achieve all that she's eternally grateful to hundreds of people she's never met -- blood donors.

When Regina was 5 she was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. Her bone marrow doesn't make enough new blood cells. There is no cure but blood transfusions keep her healthy. So far this year she's needed four transfusions. 

“Without it I definitely wouldn't be here,” she says.

Regina says her friends know about her condition but she doesn't dwell on it. She doesn't want them to worry. But it does weigh on her mind when the Red Cross talks about blood shortages. She knows how vital that blood supply is, so her message is simple.

“If you want to do something good that doesn’t really take a lot of effort. It really doesn’t take very long. It takes me way longer to get it than it does for you to give it. So, if you want to feel good about yourself and you want to do something easy, then you should do it, because it saves lives, but doesn’t take that much effort,” she says.

You can give the gift of life at our Save-A-Life Blood Drive on Monday, September 30.

We'll be at three locations, from noon to 7 p.m.

The West Crescent Fire Department in Clifton Park, the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Christ Church in Glens Falls.

You can call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS and make an appointment, but walk-ins are always welcome.