For this volunteer, joining her local Red Cross board was a lifesaving decision

Photo of Florence BuatoisWhen Los Altos Hills resident Florence Buatois was asked in 2012 to join the Silicon Valley Chapter’s Board of Directors, she accepted the Red Cross leadership position without hesitation. After all, Florence had attended college in Switzerland, the country where the international Red Cross was founded more than 150 years ago.

“I was super honored,” she recalls. “For people in Switzerland, the Red Cross is an institution. In the culture in that country, it’s kind of like chocolate and watches.”

Little did Florence know that joining her local Red Cross board in the United States would change her life. To be more precise, that joining would save her husband’s life.

Read Florence’s story.