J. Mark Beamis makes his 14th triple platelets donation of 2020. Mark is a great-grandson of Drury Woodson James & son of Joan Malley Beamis, author of Background of a Bandit.
Platelets are cells that help blood clot and support the immune system. During a platelet donation, you give up to six times the amount of platelets contained in a whole blood donation, and your fluids, plasma, and red cells are returned to your body. Not only do platelet donors provide more of the life-saving platelets patients need, they also help limit how many donors a patient is exposed to.
Donated platelets have a shelf-life of 5 days. Platelet donors are constantly needed, especially on weekends and during holidays, to keep the supply stable.
Readers of Jesse James Soul Liberty are aware that Margaret Sanger was a friend of Vassie James and also her daughter-in-law Mary Van Etten-Ward. Despite the fact that Margaret Sanger aligned herself with whatever organizations or beliefs, such as eugenics, that would help advance Sanger's initiatives in support of women's health issues, no evidence exists that either Vassie James or Mary Van Etten-Ward subscribed, endorsed, or practiced eugenics' beliefs. A more comprehensive outline of the link between Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood can be found on PP's website by following the link provided in the Comments section below. ... See MoreSee Less
More than anything, I am rattled to my core whenever entering the data about the suicide of a family member into our genealogy database. The San Diego Union reported in 1988, "The body of a man who jumped off the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge last week was found floating in the bay Tuesday. David Stewart Bean, 30, of the 3600 block of Curlew Street had left a note taped to the dashboard of his pickup truck parked in the center of the bridge at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 6, police said. The California Highway Patrol officer who found the car also found Bean's wallet containing identification in the glove compartment." David Bean is a 4th cousin of mine, somewhat distant, but kin regardless. He is not the only death by suicide our family has known. I am sure to reflect on him often, on his pain and on his legacy. www.kpbs.org/news/2018/feb/19/while-suicides-coronado-bridge-add-lighting-projec/... See MoreSee Less
Just learned of the passing of John Broadus James. I met John and his son Anthony Neal "Tony" James in Texas about 20 years ago. He learned of my research trip there and insisted I make time to see him. John rearranged his schedule so he could bring Tony along to hear my stories about his great-grandfather John James "of Alvarado." We spent the evening over dinner exchanging stories. I learned about John's father, the preacher and poet Rev. Maurice Broadus James. Sometime after, Tony went into the military. John was very proud. Unfortunately, Tony was in a helicopter accident and was relieved from service, which must have been a great disappointment for Tony and John. I'm sorry we never got together again, as I am with many of the descendants of John James "of Alvarado." ... See MoreSee Less