American Red Cross worker Michelle Zera, right, collects blood from Rick Van Eperen of Kaukauna during a blood drive at the Lambeau Field Atrium on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.
Sarah Kerbel has never donated blood but is thankful others did.
That's because during her first pregnancy she developed HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening condition that impacts pregnant women, usually during the third trimester. Kerbel required two units of platelets after her son was born eight weeks premature on June 17.
"There's not a day that goes by that I'm not grateful for the people that have donated," the De Pere mom said Wednesday while holding her son Efrem, who will be five months old this weekend. "I'm obviously thankful for my family and life; and because of someone donating, ...