CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — A North Carolina superior court judge was in Chapel Hill Tuesday for UNC’s blood drive.
Judge Carl Fox spoke to the crowd, thanking them for donating blood to those in need.
Last year, Fox was close to losing his own life after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes, also known as MDS.
The judge needed blood on a regular basis for six months after being diagnosed.
“I had never thought of the fact that when you have certain types of cancers or other blood diseases, that you can need blood on a regular basis, and life and death hangs in the balance. So, it really taught me a lot about blood donations and the importance of blood donations,” Fox said.
Fox says blood drives are the reason he is on the path to recovery.
The judge will return to work next month.
“If there hadn’t been people giving blood like this, and donating blood at drives like this, I would’ve run out and I couldn’t have survived without that blood,” Fox said.
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood.
Nearly 7 million people donate blood a year in the United States.