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Friday, January 1, 2010

Some of the Best People are Blood Donors

Blood Donor CentreImage by bartmaguire via Flickr

This month I am blogging on the theme of "best" and there is no better way to get started than to talk about some of my heroes, blood donors. The multitudes of blood transfusions I received 22 years ago when I underwent treatment for leukemia made it possible for me to be blogging today. I unfortunately cannot donate blood due to my HCV+ status, but I can support the cause by encourage others to become blood donors.

I just so happens that January is National Blood Donor Month. So please consider donating blood, as blood supplies this time of year become critically low. Here is a press release from AABB, formerly the American Association of Blood Banks, regarding National Blood Donor Month:

"Too many Americans wait until they need blood before they truly realize the importance of volunteer blood donation. Donating blood saves lives. It may not be your neighbor or co-worker or best friend who needs your blood today. But someone does. Every two seconds, someone needs blood in the United States. Make lifesaving a habit starting this January – National Blood Donor Month. Call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givelife.org to find your local blood donation center.


Many people know that when you donate blood it goes to people in need, but what you may not know is how great that need is. Every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. That need continues to grow, but with just one blood donation, you can help save up to three lives. To learn more about donating blood during National Blood Donor Month, call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givelife.org.


Sometimes it’s scary to try something new – like donating blood. But wouldn’t it be worth it if you knew you could be helping to save up to three lives? There are millions of blood donors in America and each of them had to start some time. Isn’t it time for you? During National Blood Donor Month, come see how easy and safe it is to become a lifesaver. For more information, call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givelife.org.


You don’t have to leap from tall buildings to be a hero. Donating blood saves lives. Your blood donation could help save as many as three patients who need you to be a hero. Celebrate National Blood Donor Month this January by donating blood. Please call Call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givelife.org to find your local blood donation center.
. It doesn’t take superhuman powers to perform a superhuman act. Donate blood. Call today."



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