Good people are still around. I was diagnosed with leukemia mid-December 2013 and immediately hospitalized with a quick trip from Susquehanna Health to Hershey Medical Center the next day for a rigorous chemotherapy program, which has just hopefully ended. My Equipment Depot co-workers were amazing – calling my wife to see if they could be of any help, donating cash and gas cards for the multiple trips my wife endured for the next six months and sending greetings and cards during my stay in Hershey. Going th “extra step,” my direct boss and our Williamsport Office Manager organized a blood drive at the shop on South Reach Road, Williamsport, in my honor that was held on June 3, 2014. Hoped for participation was 20 donors, but 30 came from Equipment Depot, neighbors of the company and my family and customers!
The same thing happened with my church family and community. When the need for blood (not just for me and my treatment, but for thousands in need) was made known, friends made their ways to various blood drives in Trout Run and other local areas. We were flooded with gifts of food, cards and prayers. Pastor Jerry from Lycoming Center Church came to Hershey several times to encourage my family and me.
How blessed we are to live in a country where people care about other people. How wonderful to have the American Red Cross with the ability to provide a service like drawing blood “on wheels!” The blood drive actually has spread from Williamsport Equipment Depot to other branches in PA and NJ! And it is great to have caring, knowledgeable local doctors like Dr. Bill Mattiace, as well as the staff at Hershey Medical Center and the Hope Lodge. A huge thank you to all from my family.
God is good – all the time.