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Cancer survivor living proof blood donations can save lives

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A blood donation is the gift of life, and you never know where your gift will go. One woman whose life was saved by the blood from strangers is paying it forward by giving others hope during the toughest journeys of their lives.

Jinanne Green was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and now spreads hope at the Wig Shoppe in Brentwood.

"Above all, I am here by God's mercy. And that journey was very difficult, but it was made easier by over 100 people who gave blood," Green said.

Just a month after she was diagnosed, Green was only given a night to live. Now, she has a whole new life after a bone marrow and stem cell transplant followed by 100 pints of blood from random donors.

"And I said, 'Look on that bag and see where that blood came from. That is the darkest blood I've ever seen.' And they said well, 'It came from Boise, ID.' And I said, 'Three cheers for that corn-fed, beef-eating cowboy!'" Green said.

"We are constantly working with local hospitals to make sure we have the best match for patients, whether you have leukemia or you've been in a car accident," said Regina Conway, with the American Red Cross. "That's why right now, we are in urgent need of all blood types."

Green is living proof that blood donations save lives, and she's taking that second chance to help others in a health crisis.

"I don't think there is a woman who would raise her hand and say, 'Yeah, I'll be bald tomorrow.' But if it comes your way, then you adjust," Green said.

The smiles she sees in her Brentwood store are enough for the mom who used to work in a fast-paced corporate job to know she has received the gift that keeps on giving.

"I need to write about a 100-plus thank-you notes, if I only knew who to send them to," Green said.

Channel 4 blood drive on June 23

Channel 4 is teaming up with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Monday, June 23. We'll be at the Nashville Donor Center on Charlotte Avenue from 9:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Donations will also be accepted from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Global Mall and Events Center in Antioch, New Middleton Baptist Church, the Clarksville Donation Center, Cool Springs Galleria and Faith Lutheran Church in Lebanon.

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