Receiving The Gift Of Life

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 29, 2008 at 7:24 PM EDT

A leukemia survivor from Johnson City is sharing his story to inspire people to donate during the New Years Resolution blood drive.

Action News Reporter Caitlin Nuclo introduces us to Trenten Tully who received a gift of life.

Trenten Tully of Johnson City battled Leukemia when he was a young boy.

With the help of blood transfusions he won that fight.

"I remember being attached to the machines, the IV's, getting the chemo," said Tully. "I remember spinal taps and the blood transfusions all that stuff."

"But when I was younger I didn't recognize the complete severity of it," he said.

Now as a young man, he does.

Which is why Tully is teaming up with the Southern Tier Red Cross.

"I was very fortunate to be able to get blood and not everyone is as fortunate, and that's why I hope that my story can inspire and encourage people to come out and donate," said Tully.

It's the season of giving but with the holidays comes a shortage in the blood supply.

The Red Cross says only about 3 percent of eligible blood donors actually donate, and those who do, usually only give once a year.

"If we could get those donors to come back and donate twice a year or get new folks to come and donate blood we can eliminate the shortage of blood supply in the United States and what a gift that would be to those who need it because when you need blood you need it now," said David Currie of the Red Cross.

Tully is now a Junior at the University of Rochester and captain of the football team.

"It's a great honor and it wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't survived leukemia through blood transfusions," said Tully.

"I was particularly touched by what Trenten has accomplished in his life," said Currie.

Both Currie and Tully hope others are touched enough to give blood.

"It takes an act of conscience and compassion to do that and you never know who's life you will save," said Currie.

:"Even though you may not ever meet that person the person who is receiving the blood will be very thankful for the person who donated it," said Tully.

Tully is thankful to all of the strangers who gave him the gift of life.

You can help save a life this holiday season by giving blood.

WBNG-TV is teaming up with the American Red Cross for a New Year's Resolution blood drive at the Oakdale Mall.

We're looking to collect 280 pints of blood during 3 days this week.

The blood drive will be held Wednesday, December 31st from 10am to 3pm.

Friday, January 2nd from 12pm to 7pm.

And again on Saturday, January 3rd from 10am to 4pm.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome too.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, or go to this website, www.donatebloodnow.org

Make it your New Year's resolution to give blood.

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