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Woman helped by blood donations

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RICHLAND, Wash.—Millions of Americans need a blood transfusion every year, but the only way they can get the help they need is by a donor.  Wal-Mart and the American Red Cross have teamed up this month to get people to give.  Throughout the month, KNDU has been profiling people whose lives have changed because of donations.

Harvey Jinks, a Wal-Mart employee, and his wife Pat Jinks say three blood transfusions helped Pat get through her chemotherapy.  Pat was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year.  The chemo had started killing her red blood cells.

"By getting the transfusions it gave me the strength back I needed," says Pat Jinks.

Pat has completed treatment and is now in remission.  She says her husband, Harvey, has been a donor for many years, but she never thought she would be the one on the other side.

"Harvey had always given in California, and we never realized that this would become part of our own lives, because naturally you don't ever think it's going to happen to you," says Pat Jinks.

"That's about it. I'm happy to have her," says Harvey Jinks.

The last Wal-Mart, Red Cross Blood Drive is Friday, September 30th at the Pasco Wal-mart.  Their donation bus will be in front of the store from 1pm to 6pm.