blood donation October 26, 2021 3:25 pm

Full Speech: Boat Explosion Survivor Talks Road to Recovery

Vermont native Stefanie Schaffer, 25, spoke Tuesday at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre about her long recovery after losing her legs — and nearly her life — in a boat explosion in the Bahamas in October 2018. Schaffer spoke of how blood donations kept her alive and urged people to give blood to help alleviate what American Red Cross has described a “true emergency.” Rutland County will host a four-day donation drive, called the Gift of Life Marathon, in December. To register, call 800-RED-CROSS.