SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno gave the gift of life today at the Red Cross’ location on Brookdale Drive.
The Red Cross is critical need of all blood types and haven’t been getting as many donations since they ended their mobile blood drives.
Mayor Sarno told 22News he was happy to donate and has been doing it to honor his mother who received blood transfusions.
“It’s very near and dear to my heart. My mom, god rest her soul, had to go through many, many blood transfusions and it made a difference and she’s up in heaven now with my dad but it’s easy. It’s the right thing to do. Let’s do it for Valentine’s Day, the gift of life,” said Sarno.
The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society recently teamed up to encourage more blood donations in the U.S.
According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer patients need more blood than patients fighting any other disease.