Josie Harrington of Blair County came into the world ten weeks early, weighing only two and a half pounds, and like many preemies---anemic. She needed a blood transfusion.
"I certainly never thought i would need it or a baby that i would have would need it," says her mother Heather Harrington.
More than nine years later, Josie's in great health and has never had any medical problem
They not only have family ties in common---they're both blood recipients. Fifteen years ago, doctors diagnosed Pete with liver disease that required a transplant. His illness and the transplant procedure itself required massive amounts of blood---more than 70 units for the operation alone.
Pete says, "it's just an amazing thing to think that there were 70 individuals out there that led to the fact that i am able to be here today."
That's why the whole family, volunteers for the Red Cross, which features Pete and Josie in its latest campaign. The two are very close Thanks to blood donations, they can have a lot of future plans.
You can find a blood drive in your area by logging on to www.givelife.org .