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Lewis County Family Honors Man With Blood Drive

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Jason Foster and his family never expected they'd ever need blood donations, but those donations are the reason Foster is still here today.

Foster and his family set up this blood drive on the last day of National Blood Donor Month at the Weston First Baptist Church to honor him, and give back to the people who saved his life.

"I was in an accident on Aug. 19, I was riding a side-by-side at work, and a water tanker truck pulled out in front of me. I severed an artery and I had eight units of blood given to me while I was at Ruby Hospital," Foster said.

The accident didn't just injure him, it cost him his arm. It was an incident his family said was one of the most uncertain times they've had.

"It was very difficult and very frightening, not knowing how it'll all come out, how well they'll accept what happened and be able to go one with their lives," said Foster's mother, Carla Foster.

But thanks to medical care, and the blood given to Foster from other donors, he not only survived but returned to work at his job at the Jane Lew Public Service District. His mother said the family now encourages people to donate as much as possible and wants spread that message as much as they can.

"The Red Cross, they're ready to help us, but we have to be out there supporting them by coming to the blood drives and donating, or it wouldn't be available for those folks when the need arose," Carla Foster said.

And now Jason wants to give back. Since he can't donate blood himself, he and his family are hoping to return what he received so that others can benefit from the same treatment, one that he knows kept him alive and as able as he is today.

"I had a very bad infection, plus I'd lost so much blood in the accident, if I wouldn't have got the blood, I probably wouldn't be here," Jason Foster said.