Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 03/03/06 http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=1ea6547f971640ab Lauren Ward Larsen literally owes her life to blood donors. “The only thing keeping me alive were the transfusions,” she recalled during an appearance in Galveston on Tuesday. “And every last drop was coming from people I likely would never have the chance to thank.” The occasion was the fourth annual Star of Life awards luncheon sponsored by the blood bank at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The event at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center was aimed at recognizing the people who organize community blood drives. “Don’t ever think that what you’re doing doesn’t make a difference,” Larsen told the audience. Every year, she said, donors provide blood to save the lives of people they will never meet. “On behalf of 5 million of us every year, I want to deliver my deepest, heart-felt thank you,” she said.