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Crash Victim Donors

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In a rare reunion, Ariel Fishman met eight of the 70 people who saved his life by donating blood.

"Thank goodness the rest of my life is going to be much longer thanks to them."

Last year, a taxi hit Fishman while he was dropping his children off at school in New York City. The father of three lost his legs. He needed several surgeries and 75 units of blood.

The New York Blood Center brought Fishman and his donors together to emphasize the importance of blood donation.

"I would definitely encourage people to do so, it's not time consuming," says George Layng.

Jaclyn Rumzie adds, "It makes you feel good. There is nothing better than the feeling to know that you helped saved somebody's life."

According to the American Red Cross, more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day in the U.S.

"It's a product that lasts just 42 days. It's perishable. We need a constant influx of regular blood donors," says Andrea Cefarelli.

Fishman has been raising awareness since his accident. "I had a terrible experience but I wanted something come out of it."

He says more than 1,000 people have donated after hearing his story.

The Red Cross says each pint of blood donated save three lives.

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