Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Gift of Life

Cross posted from Monkey in the Middle

This is posted at the request of TexasFred at TexasFred's, please read this and if you can help, I am certain it would be appreciated!Donations can be made at Carter Blood Care and their information can be found at this link:

As we approach the Christmas season, our thoughts turn to giving. Traditionally we look for meaningful presents to give our loved ones that help us celebrate the gift of life that Christ gave us by his suffering and death. I am posting this request to ask that you give the gift of life itself to a complete stranger this Christmas.

His name is Tyler Seedig and he is a young Marine who was bound for his first duty station in just three weeks. He was home with his family this Thanksgiving weekend and went deer hunting with his older brother on Sunday. On the way back home they were involved in a car accident that claimed the life of the older brother and left Tyler severely burned. He was transported to the Parkland Burn Unit where he remains in a critical care unit with severe burns over 65% of his body. He will not be reporting to his unit in Afghanistan, nor will he be home for Christmas, New Years or possibly even Easter. Tyler will most likely spend the next six months in Parkland Hospital trying to survive the initial trauma, fight off the coming infections and allow his body to slowly rebuild.

Tyler needs blood. Plasma in particular, so the type is unimportant. I am asking any capable person who can to give the most precious gift possible this year and donate a pint of blood to Carter Blood Center in the name of Tyler Seedig, Parkland Burn Unit, Dallas, TX. It costs us nothing except time and minor discomfort to give, but it can save the life of Tyler or someone else in need.

Through out this season we always talk of helping those in need, of giving to those less fortunate and of remembering those who serve. Here is the perfect chance to do all of those things with a simple pint of blood. Help this young Marine who was embarking on a journey of service and self-sacrifice in order to defend your freedoms and serve this nation where ever the call might have taken him. Think of what a precious chance it is to be able to give life to another.

Please keep this family in your prayers as well. They have lost a son and must plan a funeral during a season which should bring joy to us all, while they stand by the bedside of another son who clings to life by a thread. Remember them this season as you celebrate the love of your own families and cherish those around you for you never know when the call home may come.
Giving blood is as easy as saying a prayer, most anyone can do it. It only takes an hour or so out of your busy day.

Although this is the time of year when blood drives kick up, with all the celebrations happening so does accidents, remember that donations of blood are needed year round too.

To find a blood center near you visit or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

Please give this Christmas/Hanukkah season. Your donation will really save a life!


  1. And again, THANK YOU for your response to this...

    I didn't email it to Roger, I wasn't sure if he was up to posting...

    Roger, I hope you are doing OK, all the best to you and again, our prayers are coming your way!

  2. Actually Fred I'm a contributor here and cross posted this from Monkey in the Middle.

  3. I submitted this to Digg. Perhaps it will be seen by those in the Dallas area.