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For some, giving blood is more than a donation

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Ken Bradfield has been giving blood for years, but now his donation has a bigger meaning.

"She was a tremendous fighter, and she gave it one heck of a fight," said Bradfield. 

Bradfield lost his wife to cancer 16 months ago, a very rare form of bile duct cancer.

"We were initially given four months, and through the grace of God and the wonderful doctors, we had 37 months together," said Bradfield. 

Bradfield says his wife was a very giving person, even donating blood herself. He says now every time he gives blood it's a little tribute to her.

"She had to give a lot of blood and she got a lot of blood. People donated for her so I'm paying it forward and donating to the next person," said Bradfield. 

Bradfield isn't the only one what gave their time and blood Monday.

Dozens of people decided to save lives at the American Red Cross's annual holiday blood drive at the University of Northern Iowa. 

"Every two seconds in the country someone needs blood or blood products so it is really important for people to always be thinking about, you know can I make a difference today," said Scott Ellerbach, Donor Recruitment Representative.

For every pint of blood donated, an estimated three lives are saved.

The American Red Cross wanted 100 pints of blood donated at UNI Monday. They came up just a pint short, ending with 99. Officials say they are very pleased with everyone who donated.

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