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BY Melissa Fuquay Baker

When my husband, Jeff, was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in June 2019, I’d already been donating blood for almost 20 years. I especially enjoyed donating platelets, both because I could do it more often, and because it was a little harder to accomplish. Afterward, I’d usually be pretty wiped out, but it felt good, knowing I was really helping people.

Before Jeff and I were married, his mother thanked me for being a longtime blood...

Bile duct cancer caregiver and blood donor Melissa Fuquay Baker stands in front of a yellow background while holding up her arm to show the pink bandage after donating blood.