Four months ago today my family encountered tragedy: my brother, Kyle, was a victim of crime, and thanks in part to 50 units of blood he received in the hospital, his life was saved.
You may recall my blog post on Patch a few weeks later asking local American heroes to heed the call to public service by donating blood to help save lives.
In that blog post, I talked about a pizzeria owner who helped organize a blood drive to help me thank and recognize those donors.
You know who that "pizzeria" owner was back in May?
It was Scott VanDuzer. Scott and his foundation, The VanDuzer Foundation, have worked tirelessly promoting blood awareness while collecting thousands of units of blood in the last five years.
Scott and the foundation have worked to save the lives of many local community members. Scott is not a politician, he is a guy who saw a need 5 years ago and had a means of helping people so he did. He recruited other like-minded people and together they formed a foundation of support.
Today, as my friend, Scott VanDuzer, witnesses his spontaneous visit with the President of the United States go viral, I want to take a moment to explain to you WHY Scott was visited by the President.
President Obama visited Scott yesterday to congratulate him personally on his recent accomplishments in completing a 1,000-mile bike journey this past summer and meeting with the U.S. Surgeon General promoting blood awareness.
The President thanked him for his service to community and his involvement in helping those families in need through his county and throughout this country.
In embracing the President in a bear hug, Scott did what Scott does. His effervescent personality is contagious. He was so excited to have the President walk into his pizza shop to support him that he lifted President Obama the same way Scott uplifts his entire local community every single day.
Join Scott in promoting blood awareness. Join Scott in saving lives.
Be a Hero by donating blood every 56 days.
As we mark another anniversary of the September 11 attacks, please take a moment in remembering our everyday heros and donate blood tomorrow.