PHOENIX (July 22, 2013) – Emiko Sept was serving in Iraq when her brother was involved in a near-fatal car accident, ejected from his vehicle and knocked unconscious after he fell asleep at the wheel.
Sept’s mother tried to contact her through the Navy to tell her that her brother had suffered serious injuries and had been transported by helicopter to a hospital, however, she couldn’t reach her. So she turned to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter, informing Sept by utilizing its emergency messaging system – for active service members. Sept received the information from her military chaplain, who read her the message, then enabled her to return to the U.S. to be with her brother.
“The Red Cross connected with me in a very timely manner. Once I got the message, I was back in the U.S. within 28 hours,” said Sept, who assisted her mother in the ensuing weeks during her brother’s treatments and recovery process. “Had I not got the message, my mother would have had no support. I’m extremely grateful.” Sept added, “My experience with the Red Cross was amazing. I never knew that they were even able to perform the services provided, nor that quickly.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.