2013-09-20 / News Update

Inspired to give blood

By Erin Longacre
Armed Services Blood Program


Arial Marsh donates blood to the Armed Services Blood Program during The Memorial Blood Drive held Sept. 11 at Gym 5. Arial Marsh donates blood to the Armed Services Blood Program during The Memorial Blood Drive held Sept. 11 at Gym 5. Young recently published author, Arial Marsh, a military dependent, knows the importance of blood donation during the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Memorial Blood Drive held Sept. 11 at Gym 5.

Her dad, Sgt. Robert Marsh, is a nurse who is currently working in the Intensive Care Unit at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center. His deployment to Iraq in 2010 came when she was 14 years old, and one way she found to cope with the difficulties of having a deployed parent was by writing.

Marsh’s first published novel “Take the Breath Out of Me”, written under the name Arial Alexis, was released in June 2013, when she was 17. Her mother, Diana, described it as “kind of a medical science fiction.”

Diana, who accompanied Arial to the recent blood drive, was glad for her daughter to have the opportunity to donate.

“She’s been prepping for this for about a week — taking vitamins and drinking healthy smoothies,” she said.

Arial, laughing, said: “Yep, carrot juice. This is something I have really wanted to do.”

A regular contributor to the Fort Gordon FYI Magazine, Arial stays busy, with her writing and with outreach groups and projects to help others.

Arial was excited to be donating blood for the first time even though she said she was not wild about the thought of her own blood leaving her body.

“I figure, I’m not going to become a doctor, I’m not going to become a nurse,” she said. “I’m a writer, and giving blood is the best way I have to save a life – like the superheroes I write about.”

To donate and get more information about donating blood, contact the Armed Services Blood Program, visit www.militaryblood. dod.mil.

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