Danielle Duzan describes here two and a half year old daughter, Madeline, as a regular two and a half year old. She is happy and healthy today, but what you don't know by looking at her now is that she was born with a blockage in her throat.
Mom explains, "they actually discovered that she had a brain tumor in her throat. She had to have a couple surgeries from 8 days old to the fourth on at seven months."
Now, Danielle is speaking out to promote the very blood donations that saved her daughters life. She, Madeline, and the Rhode Island Blood Center were at Dunkin' Donuts Monday morning to kick of National Blood Donor Month.
Scott Asadorian, VP at the Rhode Island Blood Center says, "By donating there's going to be someone like that little girl who at some point is going to need blood, and that blood is going to be there on the shelf when it's needed. It's that proactive donor that comes out and does the right thing that makes this program so successful."
An added bonus to donating blood this month, for every pint of blood donated, a free coupon for a pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. A gift that the Rhode Island Blood Center thinks is a perfect thanks for donating and Danielle continues the thanks, "She did receive blood products which we are very thankful for that someone did take the time to donate."