• The Story of the Man With The Golden Arm

    by  • April 14, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples

    bloodcellBefore we get to the story itself, I thought I’d talk about how you can save some lives.

    Chances are very good that at some time in your life, you (or someone you love) will need a transfusion of blood. In fact, according to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood to stay alive. It’s such a common thing in cases of accidents or surgery, and the need for blood donations has never been higher. One donation can save the lives of up to three people.

    Here are three places in Albuquerque where you can donate blood or plasma:

    Now, the story of the Man with the Golden Arm:

    Australian James Harrison is special. At age 74, he’s donated 984 times since he was 18 years old. And that alone is worthy of mention. But Harrison has a unique blood type that contains a rare antibody. It can be used to save infants born with Rhesus disease. And his donations have kept more than two million babies alive.

    Two million!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.