Woman treated for colorectal cancer has donated blood to thank for saving her life

April 16, 2019 06:39 PM

A local woman is sharing her story so others will take the time to give the gift of life.

Back in 2004, Kathy Sansone wasn't feeling well. Turns out she had colorectal cancer. Before she could undergo surgery, she needed blood transfusions.


Sansone spends her days helping others as community liaison for SEFCU.

One day in October 2004, it was others who helped her.

"I'm here because of somebody donating their blood," explained Sansone.

Sitting still isn't something she’s good at. Along with her job at SEFCU doing community relations, she's an avid horsewoman. However, back in October 2004, she could hardly walk up a flight of stairs. Tired and short of breath, she underwent a blood test. Barely back at work, her doctor called and said get to the hospital.

"I walk into Albany Memorial and they have a gurney waiting for me – and they said that my blood count was down to 4. I was going into congestive heart failure," she recalled.

Wasting no time, she was given a blood transfusion.

"The minute I had the blood transfusions, I felt like a new person," she said.

That was the first of four transfusions she would need so she could endure surgery for colorectal cancer - the cause of her severe anemia.

She says she never thought about donated blood and the value of it.

"I cannot believe the people that take the time to volunteer and give their blood to save lives," she exclaimed.

She’s now very thankful for donated blood. While she can't donate blood because of her health history, she volunteers at blood drives at SEFCU and spreads the word about the importance of giving the gift of life.

"They need to know to take that extra half-hour when you see a blood drive, pull-in and pay it forward, ‘cause it does make a difference," she pointed out.

NewsChannel 13 and the Red Cross will team up for another Save a Life Blood Drive on April 18, 2019 at these locations:

  • Viaport, Rotterdam
  • Red Lion Hotel, Colonie
  • Troy Hilton Garden Inn
  • Saratoga Knights of Columbus

You can also donate anytime. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, visit, or download the Red Cross app and use the sponsor code WNYT. Walk-ins are welcome.

The American Red Cross is now offering RapidPass. Save time at your next blood donation by usingRapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online on the day of your donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. Visit and follow the instructions.

MORE INFORMATION: Save a Life Blood Drive


Benita Zahn

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