GRAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- We first introduced you to the Poulin family last August. They shared their story of overcoming tragedy when Ray Poulin battled for his life. 32 days in the hospital. Emergency surgeries, an induced coma and 77 units of fresh blood. For some families, when they overcome tragedy their first thought is to put the past behind them. The Poulin family wanted to pay it forward.
Ray Poulin said, "There was a lot that went into saving my life, but if that blood wasn't available when I needed it, we wouldn't be here today."
Ray, his wife Nikki, and their two girls Sam and Haylie knew the gift they were given. They became advocates for blood donations. They began holding blood drives to give back the amount that saved Ray.
"That was our whole goal to get that 77 units back. Then the whole RaysUp campaign blew up," said Poulin.
At the Maine Wildlife Park, a place that means so much to the Poulin family, they broke 200 units on Saturday. This was part of the annual RaysUp blood drive.
Friends from near and far, wearing 'Team Ra'y shirts and some total strangers signed up and waited to make a difference.
For the Poulin family, each donation means something extra special.
"It is giving life. It is giving people a chance. Allowing their father to be with their daughters, you know? Allowing this family, the Poulin family, their father is here their husband is here. Their tickle buddy is here. I mean, you gave us a chance," explained Poulin.