The American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley is recognizing its heroes today.
March is Red Cross Month and officials say it's the volunteers in surrounding communities that make the difference.
The Bunce family attended a flag raising ceremony in honor of their daughter Julia Ann this morning, who lost her fight against cancer.
The Red Cross says Julia Ann was a true ambassador.
"Not only was she a recipient and understood the need for blood, but also because of that gift of life. She also wanted to give back by making sure other people in community; especially in Herkimer County the need for blood is great. She wanted people to come out to give blood to help people not only like herself, but other people," said Jennifer Balog of the Red Cross Mohawk Valley chapter.
The Red Cross says everybody can become a hero. The organization says donating one pint of blood can save up to three lives.