This Tuesday, the AtlasAdvancement team headed to the INOVA donor location in Dulles to donate blood as a way to give back to our community this holiday season. Although donating blood is always a good thing — more than 4.5 million people need a transfusion in the US and Canada each year — our office was prompted to help fill this ongoing need by a recent blog post from Glennon Doyle Menton of Momastery (and college friend of Jon Bartlett) in which she introduces Mathias, a remarkable boy from Northern Virginia who is not just battling cancer but is also catalyzing others to fight for awareness and a cure. Mathias sadly passed away earlier this month, but his strength and his passionate advocacy for blood drives inspired us. We think he’ll inspire you as well. For more information on giving blood as well as INOVA Blood Donor Center locations near you, visit the their website.