METALCON International is the premier annual event for those involved in Metal Construction Products, Technologies, and Solutions and will be held next week in Chicago. Conspicuously absent this year will be our co-founder, Ted Miller. Ted has been associated with the event’s sponsor, the Metal Construction Association, for many years and currently serves as a Director. Some of you attending METALCON know that Ted was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer over TEN years ago. Most people with this diagnosis die within two years and the five year survivor rate is only 8%, but Ted has been that one in a million patient who, with great resolve, and a great medical team in his corner, has beaten the incredible odds. Due to some recent complications, however, Ted has been hospitalized twice and during these hospital stays he has received 10 units of blood.
This week’s blog is simple and to the point. If you personally know Ted, then you know him to be a man of character, generosity, and compassion. If in any way you have been fortunate enough to interact with him over his distinguished career, then I am asking you to donate blood in his honor. It is a simple act, but it would mean a great deal to Ted, to his wife and sons, and to his Miller-Clapperton family.
We are currently organizing a blood drive within our company and will have a Red Cross mobile blood donation bus visiting our facility very soon. Our hope is to have 100% employee participation.
Are you absolutely petrified of needles or in some way physically unable to donate? Then I have another option for you. Please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society in Ted’s honor: Donate Here.
Thanks for reading and thank you for considering this request. We all have full calendars and financial obligations, but taking the time to give blood or making a modest monetary donation to cancer research could save someone like Ted’s life. I am sure you would agree this would be time or money well spent.
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Fittingly, this week’s featured project is the American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region Headquarters located in Douglasville, GA. Miller-Clapperton fabricated and installed fascia/soffits, canopies, and column covers for the building in 2006.