LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - On the morning of March 7th, 2005, a drug-impaired driver swerved across three lanes of traffic on Highway 16 and smashed head-on into Steven Brown. Emergency responders pried Brown from his car with the Jaws of Life. He was rushed to Gundersen Health System, where doctors gave him blood transfusions that likely saved his life. Now, Brown is giving back.
On Tuesday, Brown was at the La Crosse Center for Blood Center of Wisconsin's 8th Annual La Crosse Community Blood Drive to highlight the importance of donation. Brown said that each time he gives blood he's hoping that he is impacting someone's life in the same way someone helped him.
Each unit of blood donated can affect up to three people. Although trauma victims often receive donated blood, they are not the only recipients. Patients undergoing chemotherapy sometimes receive blood transfusions, and the blood can be used for other medical issues. Donations usually drop in the summer, which is when they are most needed.
The La Crosse Community Blood Drive continues Wednesday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and on Thursday from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the La Crosse Center South Hall B. Organizers expect between 200 and 300 donors. Donors will receive a Riverfest button and frozen custard provided by Culver's.
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