When Charles returned from a business trip to Africa, he had no idea a lethal strain of malaria came with him. A friend rushed Charles to St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital with a severe, recurring fever. The St. Luke's staff quickly discovered that over 50 percent of Charles' blood was infected with malaria and immediate treatment was critical to saving his life. This treatment included the exchange of his malaria infected blood with healthy donor blood and Charles required many transfusions of blood and platelets during his illness.

Charles says he owes everything to the St. Luke's staff and to the many blood donors that saved his life, and he urges all individuals to become regular blood donors. To make a lifesaving blood donation, please donate at The St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital Blood Center.