Paying it Forward

By: Barclay Pollak Email
By: Barclay Pollak Email

Posted Friday March 29, 2013 --- 4:45 p.m.

Cheri and Courtney Krisher were all smiles Friday as they donated blood to the Red Cross in Cottage Grove. Cheri's main concern today was donating quicker than her daughter.

A few months ago speed was also a big concern for Cheri. She worried about how fast she could get to St. Louis, Missouri.

Back in September of 2012 Cheri's son Lucas went to St. Louis for a big motorcycle event called the " Ride of the Century. " During the event Lucas was in an accident on the interstate. He rear ended a truck and despite all of his protective gear he also ruptured his spleen.

Lucas says, " I looked away for a second and in the meantime he had slammed on his brakes, by the time I looked back I'd tried stopping and ended up hitting him running right into the back of him. "

Dazed, Lucas made it to his feet. His bike was a wreck but he thought he was okay. It was while waiting for a ride from friends that Lucas collapsed on the side of the road. When he finally woke up he was surrounded by paramedics. The news gave his sister the scare of a lifetime.

Now Courtney and Cheri are donating in Lucas' honor. Lucas can't donate because of his accident where he received a life saving blood transfusion and his recent military deployment over seas. But mom and sister say they're happy to fill in.

" I haven't been eligible to donate in about 7-years due to (military) deployments, " says Courtney. "Now that I can donate why not? "


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