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MacRumors is pleased to announce the third annual MacRumors Blood Drive (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365614), for the month of May 2012. We encourage forum members and site visitors to donate blood or platelets at any hospital or blood donation center in their city. We want to increase the number of life-saving donations by our online community for the benefit of people in their real-world communities. We also ask donors to post photos or stories in our Blood Drive thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365614). Saving a life is its own reward but accepting recognition as a donor helps spread the message to others. Please join us in showing the spirit of our community by donating blood or platelets this month and letting us know. Details are in the MacRumors 2012 Blood Drive thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365614).

Most blood drives are specific to a physical organization at a particular location. Ours is online and worldwide. You can help people in your city who are in need of life-saving blood and platelets in less than an hour of your time. If you are eligible to donate blood you can go to a hospital, community center, the Red Cross, or an independent donation center near you. If you are not eligible to donate yourself, please help the Blood Drive by encouraging other people to donate; see the Blood Drive thread (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365614) for ideas.

Donated blood and platelets are needed every few seconds, all year, not just when calamities occur. They save the lives of people recovering from accidents, undergoing surgery, or struck by illness, including MacRumors forum members who have let us know that their lives were saved by donated blood. There's no gift more precious than the gift of life.

Specific donor eligibility requirements vary by country. For links and general information see our Blood and Platelet Donation Guide (http://guides.macrumors.com/Blood_and_Platelet_Donation). You can also save lives by registering to donate your organs and tissue and by registering to be a bone marrow donor; see our Organ, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation Guide (http://guides.macrumors.com/Organ%2C_Tissue%2C_and_Bone_Marrow_Donation).

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Apple's health, relief, and charity efforts over the years have included donations for 9/11 workers (http://www.macrumors.com/2001/09/17/apple-donates-1-million-ibooks-to-rescue-worker-families/) in 2001, the fundraising Songs for Sudan (http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/?newsid=10481) effort in 2004, (PRODUCT) RED (http://www.macrumors.com/2006/10/13/red-ipod-nano-released/) participation since 2006, help for victims of the Haitian earthquake (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/15/itunes-store-facilitating-red-cross-donations-for-haitian-earthquake-relief/) in 2010 and Japanese earthquake and tsunami (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/03/14/apple-accepting-red-cross-donations-on-itunes-for-japanese-relief-efforts/) in March 2011, and most recently a $50 million donation (http://stanfordhospital.org/newsEvents/newsReleases/2011/corporate-partners.html) to Stanford University hospitals and a charitable donation matching program (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/09/08/apple-institutes-new-charitable-matching-program-for-employees/) that are part of Apple's recent emphasis (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/02/apples-town-hall-meeting-emphasized-corporate-philanthropy/) on corporate philanthropy.

Article Link: MacRumors 2012 Blood Drive (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/05/01/macrumors-2012-blood-drive/)



MultiMediaWill
May 1, 2012, 03:34 PM
One does not simply donate blood without fainting.

fun173
May 1, 2012, 03:36 PM
Good Job MR users :)

stridemat
May 1, 2012, 03:44 PM
Such a good cause. I am booked in with my local donation centre and will be attending on the 16 May.

I would urge everyone who can to donate.

Tesseract
May 1, 2012, 03:45 PM
I always feel left out of these blood drives :(

Lived in too many crazy places. My blood has been blacklisted. T.T

Someone donate an extra couple o' pints for me!

aardwolf
May 1, 2012, 03:48 PM
I find this hilarious... I planned to give blood on the way home from work today before I ever knew about this... I told my wife this morning I would be a bit late getting home. :-)

grooveattack
May 1, 2012, 03:49 PM
booked mine in for the 23rd of this month in the UK!!!

Doctor Q
May 1, 2012, 03:51 PM
One does not simply donate blood without fainting.
Even if you don't think you can donate yourself, you can help the cause by talking to other people about donating. If you get someone else to donate blood, that adds as much to the blood supply as if you had donated yourself. That's why we've asked people to post in the Blood Drive thread to tell us about their recruiting successes. :)

DoofenshmirtzEI
May 1, 2012, 03:53 PM
I always feel left out of these blood drives :(

Lived in too many crazy places. My blood has been blacklisted. T.T

Someone donate an extra couple o' pints for me!

Ditto. Although in my case, it's just the UK that has polluted my blood. Bad news for the people who got the 2 gallons I'd worked my way up to before they told me not to ever come back.

ghostface147
May 1, 2012, 03:53 PM
Wish I could, but world travels blacklist me.

MVallee
May 1, 2012, 03:54 PM
Can't donate blood because I'm gay.

DonJuanQuixote
May 1, 2012, 03:56 PM
I've been a fan of this site for years, but just registered today so I could write my first post. Blood and platelet donation is fantastic and If I may add, I strongly suggest registering for the National Bone Marrow Registry - it takes 5 minutes. I registered 5 years ago not giving it too much thought. Fast forward to last month and I was matched up with someone who has leukemia and undergoing chemo. Sometimes you have no idea how you can one day help someone. Keep up the good work, MR.

nineteentwelve
May 1, 2012, 03:59 PM
Can't donate blood because I'm gay.

Ditto... and it's certainly something I'd love to do!

JoshGlzBrk
May 1, 2012, 03:59 PM
Can't donate blood because I'm gay.

^

talmy
May 1, 2012, 04:02 PM
Just donated last month so it's too soon in May, but my last donation had me reaching 16 gallons (128 pints). I've been donating for 38 years.

Doctor Q
May 1, 2012, 04:09 PM
Just donated last month so it's too soon in May, but my last donation had me reaching 16 gallons (128 pints). I've been donating for 38 years.
Wow! That's an amazing accomplishment!

oneofakind
May 1, 2012, 04:11 PM
Ditto... and it's certainly something I'd love to do!

I didnt know that:confused:...I just came out so i wont be either then. SMH

coder12
May 1, 2012, 04:12 PM
I donated in February... wish I could do it again, but they are going to make me wait until July :(

WRP
May 1, 2012, 04:13 PM
I just did 2 months ago and got some tattoo work done last week. Blacklisted for the next 6 months (or is it a year now?).

nagusjim
May 1, 2012, 04:16 PM
Would if I could, but they won't my dirty gay blood.

Davmeister
May 1, 2012, 04:17 PM
^

Yep me too...its funny, I've been in a male-male monogamous relationship for 2 & 1/2 years yet I still can't...and I'm a doctor!

thefunkymunky
May 1, 2012, 04:19 PM
I would if I could but I'm not allowed to. :rolleyes:

LastLine
May 1, 2012, 04:21 PM
I can't do this myself (I have a very adverse reaction to needles and blood) but I encourage those who can to do so.

My wife has used such blood in recent years and would not have managed to have life affecting operations without such people's help so I'll simply say this - Thank you.

LordJohnWhorfin
May 1, 2012, 04:21 PM
Can't donate blood because I lived in France at a time when they discovered CJ. Turns out, there's been a few cases in humans in the US and they just recently found a prion-contaminated cow.

CandysFriend
May 1, 2012, 04:25 PM
Yep me too...its funny, I've been in a male-male monogamous relationship for 2 & 1/2 years yet I still can't...and I'm a doctor!

13 years in a monogomous male-male relationship and I, too, am a pariah.

--Trauma surgeon who gets reminded every time he orders blood for a patient.

Bill Gates cat
May 1, 2012, 04:42 PM
I've been a blood donor forever and a platelet donor for over 8 years now, reaching over 108 donations. Everyone should give it a go. You never know, someone you know might need it one day!!!

ironpw
May 1, 2012, 04:50 PM
338092

3 Platelet units!

nydennis
May 1, 2012, 05:10 PM
I asked the doctor last month if I could Donate and was told it was best not to donate at this time due to getting Dizzy on the Blood pressure medicine to control protein in my Kidneys.

My friend at work's mother needed a bunch of blood recently and it certainly helped save her life. My dad needed several pints of blood in the past as well.

Thanks to all the Donators you really make a difference

alfonsog
May 1, 2012, 05:17 PM
I'm gay... my blood must be poison.

Also, if there's any single gay male doctors left I'm available...

JTToft
May 1, 2012, 05:33 PM
I just registered to become a blood donor a couple of months ago. I have been to the preliminary blood test and health inspection, but haven't yet been called in for donation. I really hope I'll get to donate some soon.

I have been a registered organ donor (full permission) since turning 18 three years ago. I am thinking about registering for bone marrow donation as well.

I can only encourage people to donate as much as possible to help those in need! I think it's a wonderful thought that my organs, tissue, sinew and so on might help save someone's life after I die.

DrJ
May 1, 2012, 05:51 PM
I am not gay, but lots of my friends are. I am also a doctor. But lots of reasons here ad lots of gay... who cannot donate. 10X than the statistics. Why ? If you don't want donate, please do not post.:mad:

BlueFinch
May 1, 2012, 06:01 PM
Would if I could, but they won't my dirty gay blood.

Could you, someone explan me where the Problem is?:confused:

Blood is blood

Magrathea
May 1, 2012, 06:05 PM
I was told I couldn't donate when I tried a couple of years ago, something about living in the UK for a period in the 80s and some crazy cows!

MOFS
May 1, 2012, 06:06 PM
Could you, someone explan me where the Problem is?:confused:

Blood is blood

Theoretically increased risk of transmission of blood borne viruses via penetrative anal sex, namely Hepatitis B/C and HIV. In the UK, they are relaxing the rules (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14824310) to allow celibate men to donate.

BlueFinch
May 1, 2012, 06:11 PM
Theoretically increased risk of transmission of blood borne viruses via penetrative anal sex, namely Hepatitis B/C and HIV. In the UK, they are relaxing the rules (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14824310) to allow celibate men to donate.

Oh come on, every Single woman could also fall under this Description. Silly World...

In Germany its the same. But i cant remember that they asked me about my Sexual preferences...

Marvin1379
May 1, 2012, 06:13 PM
I am not gay, but lots of my friends are. I am also a doctor. But lots of reasons here ad lots of gay... who cannot donate. 10X than the statistics. Why ? If you don't want donate, please do not post.:mad:

Your post does not make sense, doctor. Please use correct spelling, proper grammar and complete sentences.

I'm sure you know many people CANNOT donate, not that they do not want to.

MOFS
May 1, 2012, 06:14 PM
Oh come on, every Single woman could also fall under this Description. Silly World...

Hey, don't shoot the messenger - I don't agree with the policy.

Doctor Q
May 1, 2012, 06:14 PM
Could you, someone explan me where the Problem is?:confused:

Blood is blood
There's a writeup here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSM_blood_donor_controversy), with a list of countries that have restrictions.

BlueFinch
May 1, 2012, 06:18 PM
Hey, don't shoot the messenger - I don't agree with the policy.

Sry, i dont meant you with my "oh come on";)

Marvin1379
May 1, 2012, 06:19 PM
Theoretically increased risk of transmission of blood borne viruses via penetrative anal sex, namely Hepatitis B/C and HIV. In the UK, they are relaxing the rules (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-14824310) to allow celibate men to donate.

This part really grinds my gears. The rules want us to believe that men who have sex with men (after 1977) are a threat to the rest of the population. There are plenty of straight guys and girls that are having sex without condoms. It just takes time to curb the hysteria that was the AIDS crisis and get an administration to believe what science can tell us now, not what it was.

FluJunkie
May 1, 2012, 06:35 PM
Could you, someone explan me where the Problem is?:confused:

Blood is blood

Blood isn't blood. Blood is a fluid that can carry all sorts of pathogens. There are a number of blood born diseases, and while there are tests for many (but not all) of them, the best way to keep them out of the blood supply is not to accept blood from at-risk groups.

Unfortunate as it is, sexually active gay men are a risk group for HIV. The voluntary deferral - asking said man not to give blood - was something of a political compromise. Gay men were, during the 1980's, justifiably concerned about individual level testing for Hep C and later HIV, worried that it would be used to target them. The government and the blood banks wanted to keep the blood supply safe. "Please don't give blood" was as unobtrusive a compromise as could be made.

The restrictions are being reduced - blood banks would like gay men back, they were good donors back in the day - but it takes time, and the FDA/HHS is extremely cautious about the blood supply. There's been increasing pressure in recent years, and most organizations are actively on board, so hopefully it'll be gone soon.

Incidentally, other people who shouldn't be giving blood are here: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical-listing

They include things like people who were jailed for more than 3 days in the last year, anyone who had sex with someone with hepatitis, any IV drug user ever, anyone who travelled to the malaria belt last year (or 3 years for folks who lived there), anyone who got a tattoo in the last 12 months unless it was done in a state that regulated tattoo facilities. Anyone who was in Iraq in the last 12 months. Born or lived in West Africa ever - or had close contact with them - anyone who lived for 3+ months in the UK between 1980 and 1996, or since 1980 have lived in Europe for 5 or so years.

This part really grinds my gears. The rules want us to believe that men who have sex with men (after 1977) are a threat to the rest of the population. There are plenty of straight guys and girls that are having sex without condoms.

Technically, there are also a large number of straight guys and girls who shouldn't be giving blood either if they're members of high risk groups. The gay one gets a great deal of attention, but you can be straight as straight can be, and if you're an injection drug user, have taken money, drugs or any sort of payment for having sex, *had sex with anyone* who did any of the above, was born in West Africa - or had sex with those people.

The HIV/AIDS deferrals are extensive. Probably rivaled only by the vCJD ones.

I can however finally give blood again this year. Haven't for about a decade due to one restriction or another, but its been more than 12 months since my last trip to the malaria belt. At last the world can share in my sweet, sweet O- goodness.

AidenShaw
May 1, 2012, 06:36 PM
Lived in too many crazy places. My blood has been blacklisted. T.T

Can't donate blood because I'm gay.

Ditto... and it's certainly something I'd love to do!

^

I didnt know that:confused:...I just came out so i wont be either then. SMH

Would if I could, but they won't my dirty gay blood.

Yep me too...its funny, I've been in a male-male monogamous relationship for 2 & 1/2 years yet I still can't...and I'm a doctor!

13 years in a monogomous male-male relationship and I, too, am a pariah.

I'm gay... my blood must be poison.

Also, if there's any single gay male doctors left I'm available...

+1 - this stupid rule should be abolished.


Could you, someone explan me where the Problem is?:confused:

Blood is blood

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, a rule was established that anyone who had ever had a same-sex male-male encounter was ineligible to donate.

Today, this is anachronistic - since not only is testing able to eliminate almost all HIV-positive blood from the supply, but also because hetersexual HIV transmission is significant. Being straight doesn't meant that you can't get HIV.

astr0
May 1, 2012, 06:37 PM
Also gay here and unable to donate blood... :/ Would if I could!

Justinf79
May 1, 2012, 06:41 PM
I've had a blood transfusion and couple plasma donations given to me when I was going through my shindig with cancer, so it's definitely a good cause. Would donate myself but cancer patients/survivors I'm pretty sure are barred from doing so.

pwaryuex
May 1, 2012, 06:43 PM
Blood isn't blood. Blood is a fluid that can carry all sorts of pathogens.

Which are screened for. There are no excuses; the literature shows that men who engage in homosexual behaviour who want to donate are as likely to be healthy than the average person. In fact, this literature shows that many of these men would be happy to get tested and carry a certificate to the blood bank -- for whatever it's worth, as everything is tested there, anyway.

As for unknown pathogens, well straight people may be as likely to carry them.

I like how someone's down-voting all the gay people. Classy.

bluecrabby
May 1, 2012, 06:44 PM
I'd love to and used to give as often as Red Cross would allow in high school but I'm gay and alas cannot. Thanks to everyone else who can and do, hopefully one day soon I will be able to as well. :(

distemp
May 1, 2012, 06:49 PM
I would but...apparently gay blood is still tainted with AIDS so I'm not a viable donor. Maybe next lifetime!

Creepyunclejay
May 1, 2012, 07:08 PM
Wow I've been a big fan of this site but have never posted. I am actually in charge of a blood drive this Saturday!! So if anyone near Lehighton pa wants. Please get a hold of me. Great cause to support!!

pwhitehead
May 1, 2012, 07:12 PM
If we donate; will you donate free avatar status, even if we dont have enough posts? hehehe;)

FluJunkie
May 1, 2012, 07:22 PM
Which are screened for.

Not all of them. As far as I'm aware, there's no reliable, inexpensive (a key thing when talking about blood) test for vCJD.

There are no excuses; the literature shows that men who engage in homosexual behaviour who want to donate are as likely to be healthy than the average person. In fact, this literature shows that many of these men would be happy to get tested and carry a certificate to the blood bank -- for whatever it's worth, as everything is tested there, anyway.

And I don't disagree. The voluntary deferral made sense at the time, and was a workable compromise between several groups to protect the blood supply. It's no longer particularly well supported, which is why many groups are pushing to have it revoked, and I expect it will be in the next decade. But bans like that take a long time to get lifted.

As for unknown pathogens, well straight people may be as likely to carry them.

Which is probably why the vast majority of restrictions on blood donation apply to straight people as well. Heck, even the sexually active gay men ban in HIV is a subset of the overall HIV ban.

I like how someone's down-voting all the gay people. Classy.

:mad:

AcesHigh87
May 1, 2012, 07:22 PM
I wish I could do this but having donated 5 times already I know that I won't be allowed to because of dental surgery I had today :(

FluJunkie
May 1, 2012, 07:33 PM
Today, this is anachronistic - since not only is testing able to eliminate almost all HIV-positive blood from the supply, but also because hetersexual HIV transmission is significant. Being straight doesn't meant that you can't get HIV.

True, though as of the end of 2009, a little over 50% of those currently living with HIV are men who have sex with men. Another 17% of those are injection drug users, who are also banned and another 6% who were both MSM and IDU.

That leaves only a quarter of those living with HIV as having acquired it via heterosexual sex. It should also be noted that those who have heterosexual sex with someone who is in a major HIV risk group (MSM, injection drug user, sex worker, etc.) are also banned.

The point is that the "being straight doesn't mean you can't get HIV" is something of a losing argument if you want to lift the ban on gay men donating blood - they're still the largest single prevalent HIV+ group. A HIV demographics argument won't get you where you want to go.

A far more compelling argument is that HIV+ individuals are now far more likely to know their status, an HIV+ test no longer carries the stigma it once did and between that and much better screening tests for HIV in the blood supply, you can rely on diagnostic tests and individual self-selection rather than a particularly inelegant broad stroke ban.

That's the argument currently being advanced.

OmegaRed1723
May 1, 2012, 07:46 PM
Thanks to everyone donating around the country. I had adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and received many, many transfusions of both blood and platelets over the course of my treatment. I'm around today because of the generosity of others.

AidenShaw
May 1, 2012, 07:57 PM
Thanks to everyone donating around the country. I had adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and received many, many transfusions of both blood and platelets over the course of my treatment. I'm around today because of the generosity of others.

I wish that I had been able to help you and others in similar situations, but stupid rules call my blood "poison".

Congratulations, though, on your good fortune.

cclloyd
May 1, 2012, 07:59 PM
I really hate that regulation that says you can't donate if you're gay. Why not just get them tested for any disease, instead of being descriminatory?

I donated blood twice this year, Once in January, and once in April (the earliest I could again). I even got a letter from the person that received my blood. It was someone who was in a major car accident. I now know what life I saved :)

greedyhands
May 1, 2012, 08:03 PM
Until I can give blood without lying about who I like to sleep with, I won't. They should be testing the blood anyway, as it is protocol. Beside, they don't refuse African American blood even though there is a higher rate of HIV in that community, so why are they refusing gay blood?

Edit: clearly I don't believe African American blood should be refused by the blood banks. That would be reprehensible. Just as reprehensible as it is to refuse the blood of a gay man.

AidenShaw
May 1, 2012, 08:12 PM
I now know what life I saved :)

A wonderful feeling that idiotic rules will keep many of us from experiencing....

Maybe if there were some other idiotic rule - say "Christians cannot donate blood" - it would get some attention.

And of course, I could go to the blood drive and simply lie about my husband and donate blood. Would that put anyone at risk?

thatoneguy82
May 1, 2012, 08:17 PM
Same here with the others, I've got tainted "gay blood."

But, seeing as how I get regularly tested and know the strict protocols for blood donor screening, I check the other box in that questionnaire. In any case, I've been donating blood (and platelets) for the past 10 years, been gay for 29. No issues at all, I'm just "straight" or non-MSM for the length of time it takes to donate blood.

cclloyd
May 1, 2012, 08:18 PM
Maybe if there were some other idiotic rule - say "Christians cannot donate blood" - it would get some attention.

That would be counter intuitive as they started as a christian organization, and I think they still are.



If I ever come out I am going to just lie if I am clean.

AidenShaw
May 1, 2012, 08:20 PM
Why is MacRumours supporting a project that so clearly and unfairly discriminates against a significant portion of its reader base?

Macrumours should withdraw from this drive, and clearly explain to the drive organizers that it cannot support a situation where people who want to participate are forbidden due to scientifically unsound arguments.

Everyone - just say no!

If Tim Cook can't donate - protest!

JAQ
May 1, 2012, 08:39 PM
You know, I would love to give blood. But I am legally prohibited from donating by ridiculously outdated, scientifically invalid requirements in the US that exclude all men who have had sex with another man, at any time since 1977, from being donors.

These restrictions made sense once upon a time, when all we knew about HIV was that it was found in blood, passed thru sex, and was introduced in to the human population just after the Bicentennial. But we now know how transmission from person to person can be prevented, and how to screen blood products for it... which we do with the rest of donations, from sexually active women and exclusively heterosexual men, who are also at risk for HIV. Higher risk than (for example) monogamous gay men who have tested HIV- for years, or non-monogamous gay men who consistently practice safer sex.

Pardon the lecture. It's just that the combo of appeals asking me to give blood, combined with rules that tell me that I am somehow unclean and unfit to do so... kind of irritate me. You want to increase the supply of life-saving blood products, without compromising safety, and without nagging straight people to donate more? Start by changing the rules to reflect current medical knowledge and scientifically valid standards, rather than Reagan-era ignorance, prejudice, and politics.

spillproof
May 1, 2012, 08:40 PM
Can't donate blood because I'm gay.

I understand the reasons why the "ban" was originally initiated, but I don't feel that it is still needed. So, I'm going to be bold and say something that could offend, or anger some people, but - don't tell them you are gay or answer anything sexual related that would ban you (ONLY if you know you are STD, HIV, and other disease free).

Same here with the others, I've got tainted "gay blood."

But, seeing as how I get regularly tested and know the strict protocols for blood donor screening, I check the other box in that questionnaire. In any case, I've been donating blood (and platelets) for the past 10 years, been gay for 29. No issues at all.

You are like my cousin. He is gay and has had multiple monogamous partners. And more importantly, he has 0+ blood (universal donor) so he is specifically called back every 2 months by the donation center. He has been donating for about 6 years.


Why is MacRumours supporting a project that so clearly and unfairly discriminates against a significant portion of its reader base?

Macrumours should withdraw from this drive, and clearly explain to the drive organizers that it cannot support a situation where people who want to participate are forbidden due to scientifically unsound arguments.

Everyone - just say no!

If Tim Cook can't donate - protest!

:confused::confused: Blood is still desperately needed, so any possible chance to get donors is a good thing.

Hobbis
May 1, 2012, 08:45 PM
Why is MacRumours supporting a project that so clearly and unfairly discriminates against a significant portion of its reader base?

Macrumours should withdraw from this drive, and clearly explain to the drive organizers that it cannot support a situation where people who want to participate are forbidden due to scientifically unsound arguments.

Everyone - just say no!


Personally, I would argue that withdrawals and boycotts are not the ideal solution. I strongly suggest that if anyone is interested in advocating reform, visit http://www.savingliveswithhelpfulguys.com/ . Their model petition summary even makes a point to say, "We want to increase blood donations. Please do not boycott blood drives or discourage others from donating." Hurting transfusion recipients isn't hurting the policymakers; you can end up ruining the life of a leukemia patient while the people making the rules don't even register it because they're looking at the macro level. I firmly believe that this rule will be changed in time, but from reason, petitions, and practical thinking, not from boycotts.

yukio
May 1, 2012, 08:58 PM
add me in as another gay man disappointed that we can't donate.

blood from suburban-living, white-bread eating straight people is allowed - but it's still screened for HIV - because they do that now. they screen donated blood for all kinds of critters - sometimes they can even cleanse infected blood to get some use out of its constant parts.

so, when people say that we gays just want special treatment, this is a great example of how i don't think so. we want to be the same as you.

if they can test your blood, they can test mine.

applegeek13
May 1, 2012, 09:31 PM
My apologies to all the gays who can't donate. Stupid rule, really, they test my blood for exactly the same things as yours, and in theory hetero 'relations' could transmit the exact same stuff. Really stupid rule.

I'm not sure I can donate because I don't think it's been long enough for me to 'recover' yet. I think the wait time is two months, and I donated sometime in April. Danggit!

DrDomVonDoom
May 1, 2012, 09:34 PM
Why is MacRumours supporting a project that so clearly and unfairly discriminates against a significant portion of its reader base?

Macrumours should withdraw from this drive, and clearly explain to the drive organizers that it cannot support a situation where people who want to participate are forbidden due to scientifically unsound arguments.

Everyone - just say no!

If Tim Cook can't donate - protest!

I wouldn't go THAT far. To say its unfair, I agree, if I need a gay mans blood, I say hook me up. I'll even cup the balls while I wait. But to say, we should refuse to give blood that might save the life of someone is a little far, there are other ways to protest equal treatment.

Nostromo
May 1, 2012, 09:37 PM
Vampires need not apply.

It's about giving blood, not sucking it.

saberahul
May 1, 2012, 09:37 PM
Can't donate blood because I'm gay.

You cannot donate blood cus you're gay? I didn't know that. It's rather a stupid rule, if true...

Fiee
May 1, 2012, 09:37 PM
I would to donate blood/platelets/ neonatal blood all of which I have in the past until I was forbidden by a question on the Irish blood donation questionnaire - "Have you had sex with another man" . Previous to realizing my sexuality I gave platelets or neonatal once a month but since having protected sex with person of the same sex I have been forbidden from ever giving blood in my country again.
I am very healthy - I don't smoke or drink but I exercise daily. I have blood/ platelet counts well above the levels needed, it is solely my sexuality which prevents me giving blood.

tigress666
May 1, 2012, 09:50 PM
Unfortunate as it is, sexually active gay men are a risk group for HIV.

Oh come on, sexually active anyone is at risk for HIV.

mikefj2004
May 1, 2012, 09:55 PM
Which one of you, by being anxious, can add so much as a cubits to his lifespan. Sure, give a little blood (that's sacred), preserve the life of the individual for a little longer and yet he/she still dies. Blood is sacred and I won't be giving mine. God's Kingdom will solve all other things.

aardwolf
May 1, 2012, 10:04 PM
Oh come on, sexually active anyone is at risk for HIV.

True, but sexually active gay men are at a significantly higher risk of HIV.

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/hivaids/understanding/Pages/quickFacts.aspx

In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, here are the percentages for new HIV cases in 2009:
61% - MSMs (Men who have Sex with Men)
27% - Heterosexual
9% - IDUs (Intravenous Drug Users)
3% - MSM-IDUs (Men who have Sex with Men that are also intravenous drug users)


So, you eliminate gay men and intravenous drug users from the donation pool, and you've cut your chances of getting someone with HIV/AIDS by 73%.

Of course, there are also huge differences down racial lines, but you don't see them rejecting people for being black males (44% of all reported HIV infections in 2009). There are laws against that.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/incidence.htm

aardwolf
May 1, 2012, 10:05 PM
I gave blood on the way home from work...

aardwolf
May 1, 2012, 10:11 PM
Which one of you, by being anxious, can add so much as a cubits to his lifespan. Sure, give a little blood (that's sacred), preserve the life of the individual for a little longer and yet he/she still dies. Blood is sacred and I won't be giving mine. God's Kingdom will solve all other things.

That's a disappointing point of view. So, say you were to give blood and save someone's life. That person who would have died and gone to hell eventually gets saved. Then they become a famous evangelist and led 10,000 people to salvation. Or even cure a disease like HIV/AIDS and save millions of lives. You don't think that would help the kingdom?

Losing my blood temporarily is a minor thing that can save someone's life. After all, my body will make more.

joec1101
May 1, 2012, 10:20 PM
That's a disappointing point of view. So, say you were to give blood and save someone's life. That person who would have died and gone to hell eventually gets saved. Then they become a famous evangelist and led 10,000 people to salvation. Or even cure a disease like HIV/AIDS and save millions of lives. You don't think that would help the kingdom?

Losing my blood temporarily is a minor thing that can save someone's life. After all, my body will make more.

It's more than disappointing...don't even get me started on the whole religious brainwashing bu!!5h1t. :mad:

...and the ban on the gay community giving blood is absolutely ridiculous...it's really just another form of ignorance. ALL blood can be screened - it shouldn't matter WHO it comes from... :mad:

tigress666
May 1, 2012, 10:31 PM
Which one of you, by being anxious, can add so much as a cubits to his lifespan. Sure, give a little blood (that's sacred), preserve the life of the individual for a little longer and yet he/she still dies. Blood is sacred and I won't be giving mine. God's Kingdom will solve all other things.

Ah, I see, you're hiding behind your religion to have an excuse to not give blood and (think you're) making an appearance to be a good person.

I'll at least be honest and admit I don't do it cause I'm phobic of needles. I have no need to try to hide behind some religion so that I can think I'm still a good person. And BTW, you really think your God wants you not to try to save some one's life? And he's a good guy? Are you sure?

cerote
May 1, 2012, 10:42 PM
I donate plasma so I can't donate blood. (Or at least I think so because they ask each time I donate. If I am wrong please let me know and I will see if I can make it in to donate blood.)

Been donating plasma for 2 years twice a week. Had a few months off in there for a surgery and for my wife's lukemia.

Glad people donate blood because without people like you guys my wife would not have had blood for her during her stay in the hospital.

Godozo
May 1, 2012, 10:47 PM
Gave early-mid April, will give again early June.

Have given since early college, although what I've given has changed along with circumstances, wishes and limitations. Now I do both Platelets and Whole Blood every eight weeks or so. Would do platelets every other week, but the body can't handle it.

As for the "if you, a male, have had sex with a male, even once" question - one has to wonder just how long they figure the HIV virus can lie dormant in a body. Thirty-five plus years seems like a long time to hold a rapidly-changing retrovirus like HIV (which basically outadapts and outlasts a human body, from my understanding) at bay.

dmk1974
May 1, 2012, 10:57 PM
I donate plasma so I can't donate blood. (Or at least I think so because they ask each time I donate. If I am wrong please let me know and I will see if I can make it in to donate blood.)

Been donating plasma for 2 years twice a week. Had a few months off in there for a surgery and for my wife's lukemia.

Glad people donate blood because without people like you guys my wife would not have had blood for her during her stay in the hospital.

In the US, donating plasma on an apheresis system can be done twice a week because it it mostly water and in that donation, your red calls are returned to you. If you donate whole blood which is approximately 40% red blood cells (depending on your hematocrit), you will have an 8 week deferral. Some automated collection systems can take a double-red cell unit from you in which case you would be deferred 16 weeks.

AidenShaw
May 1, 2012, 11:29 PM
Thank you to all who are protesting the "if you've ever had sex with another man you can't give blood" rule.

It's stupid, and has no scientific basis.

It's nice to see that common sense has so much support on this issue.

And it's disappointing that Macrumours supports the continuing discrimination by participating in this drive.

Justim
May 1, 2012, 11:32 PM
I would but apparently my blood is gay. I can only imagine how many people would refuse my life saving blood on heir death bed because of an orientation.

Anyway, good cause. Wish I could join in.

Edit: Wow. I'm extremely fascinated over the gay/blood responses that have been posted. Thank you to the supporters of getting rid of this rule.

Maybe we should create a petition?

AidenShaw
May 1, 2012, 11:54 PM
Edit: Wow. I'm extremely fascinated over the gay/blood responses that have been posted. Thank you to the supporters of getting rid of this rule.

Maybe we should create a petition?

Unfortunately, a petition won't be nearly as effective as cutting off the blood supply.

Nothing will change the policy faster than those deemed "healthy" refusing to donate.

carson5
May 2, 2012, 12:30 AM
13 years in a monogomous male-male relationship and I, too, am a pariah.

--Trauma surgeon who gets reminded every time he orders blood for a patient.

Today is our 19th anniversary - monogamous male/male relationship, can't donate blood.

Also discovered I can't be an organ donor (had been ever since I got my license), so I had to call and have myself removed.

I guess someone would rather die... pity.

carson5
May 2, 2012, 12:48 AM
Unfortunately, a petition won't be nearly as effective as cutting off the blood supply.

Nothing will change the policy faster than those deemed "healthy" refusing to donate.

While I don't agree with the policy and yes it's clearly discrimination - I don't think it's more important than the lives of many many people who would surely die if what you were advocating was implemented.

Encouraging people to take measures that would cause loss of life is ignorant, selfish, shocking, and quite frankly casts a poor light on the gay community.

As another poster stated, it's the recipients that would suffer and die because of this, not the policy makers.

Your advocacy smacks of zealotry and I find it disappointing.

FreeState
May 2, 2012, 01:01 AM
That's a disappointing point of view. So, say you were to give blood and save someone's life. That person who would have died and gone to hell eventually gets saved. Then they become a famous evangelist and led 10,000 people to salvation. Or even cure a disease like HIV/AIDS and save millions of lives. You don't think that would help the kingdom?

Losing my blood temporarily is a minor thing that can save someone's life. After all, my body will make more.

I have a feeling the person you are referring to is a Jahovah's Witness see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah's_Witnesses_and_blood_transfusions

Adding my I'd donate if they would allow me and it was needed (B+ blood, HIV- gay man)

Shaun.P
May 2, 2012, 01:40 AM
I gave blood on the way home from work...

Post it here:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365614


Well done!!!

designgeek
May 2, 2012, 04:07 AM
I would donate but my blood's usually about 40 proof and I don't think they would like that.

weckart
May 2, 2012, 04:41 AM
I would donate but my blood's usually about 40 proof and I don't think they would like that.

On the other hand, it would keep for longer. A lot of donated blood never gets used as it reaches its use-by date.

wrkactjob
May 2, 2012, 05:56 AM
God if they can knock up a burger in a Petrie dish now in some laboratory can't they make blood yet?

What do we pay scientists to do?

Burgers first eh?

Pah!

K4LK
May 2, 2012, 07:43 AM
Great job guys and gals. Wish I could donate but I was deferred due to an implanted defibrillator :(

Hobbis
May 2, 2012, 08:20 AM
God if they can knock up a burger in a Petrie dish now in some laboratory can't they make blood yet?

What do we pay scientists to do?

Burgers first eh?

Pah!

There actually have been some pretty impressive strides made with artificial blood products, but (I'm sure this is a shock), they are expensive as hell. :) And when you consider that there are a number of conditions that can require multiple units of transfusion every day... As is the problem with so many innovations (in medicine and elsewhere), it's not just the technology, it's the scaling.

BenHoleton
May 2, 2012, 08:25 AM
I always feel left out of these blood drives :(

Lived in too many crazy places. My blood has been blacklisted. T.T

Someone donate an extra couple o' pints for me!

Same here. i spend too much time in third world countries to be able to donate. But a great cause!

dynamojoe
May 2, 2012, 09:20 AM
Thanks to everyone donating around the country. I had adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and received many, many transfusions of both blood and platelets over the course of my treatment. I'm around today because of the generosity of others.

I joined the one gallon club with a double-red donation on March 1st. On March 8th my daughter was diagnosed with ALL. It's one thing to be a donor and feel good about it; it's quite another to see someone else's generosity literally keeping your child alive. (they were able to induce remission and her prospects are very good so far)

I'm chomping at the bit to donate again (can't until June 16th) and I'm going to probably switch over to platelet donations since they can take them more often.

ng7apoc
May 2, 2012, 09:24 AM
I personally have received donated blood on more than one occasion and would like to take this opportunity to say to all of you who donate blood - thank you. It is truly appreciated in a way thats so difficult to put into words.

The thought that a complete stranger would actively go out of his or her way to undergo a process that can be painful to some or induce fear in those with needle phobia for the purpose of helping someone they may never even meet is a wonderful thing.

Doctor Q
May 2, 2012, 10:13 AM
Maybe we should create a petition?
Someone did (http://www.change.org/petitions/repeal-the-fda-msm-blood-ban). About 3800 signatures so far.

PvilleTom
May 2, 2012, 10:37 AM
I will not donate blood during May.

I donated whole blood in April and won't be eligible again until June 19.

Daws001
May 2, 2012, 11:00 AM
I use to give blood (even though I'm gay) because the law is dumb, I know I'm healthy/disease free, and it was for a good cause I believed in. I'd just lie on the sleeping with men question.

Then I went to a blood drive at a hospital (this was a few months after 9/11) and instead of just letting us fill out the questionnaire, a doctor filled it out as she asked us the questions. So, I lied to her face about sleeping with men, gave blood, and felt horrible afterwards.

Last time I gave blood.

Mr. Chewbacca
May 2, 2012, 12:34 PM
http://db.tt/0sMXiQfs


Can't figure out how to post a pic from the ipadn:(


Done :)

rcappo
May 2, 2012, 01:27 PM
I'm already signed up for the 14th. I get another t-shirt which means one less day of laundry. :)

AidenShaw
May 2, 2012, 03:55 PM
While I don't agree with the policy and yes it's clearly discrimination - I don't think it's more important than the lives of many many people who would surely die if what you were advocating was implemented.

Encouraging people to take measures that would cause loss of life is ignorant, selfish, shocking, and quite frankly casts a poor light on the gay community.

As another poster stated, it's the recipients that would suffer and die because of this, not the policy makers.

Your advocacy smacks of zealotry and I find it disappointing.

My post was a lament, not a call to action. I can understand how it could be interpreted as the latter, though. I apologize for the ambiguity.

Unfortunately, society and organizations rarely "right wrongs" simply because they see discrimination and decide to fix it. It usually takes some action to force the issue, and make it apparent that the organization needs to right the wrong in order to meet its goals.

Maybe instead of getting the breeders to boycott blood drives, we should encourage the rest of us to flood them. Answer the questions honestly, and leave when you're rejected. If the blood drives report to the home office that 10%/20%/30% of the volunteers are rejected due to the MMLTM clause, then perhaps things will change sooner.

("MMLTM" is "Men Making Love To Men" - much better than the MSM acronym.)

Justim
May 2, 2012, 06:54 PM
Unfortunately, a petition won't be nearly as effective as cutting off the blood supply.

Nothing will change the policy faster than those deemed "healthy" refusing to donate.

I wouldn't go that far. I'm wanting to do something good for man kind, not kill people to later help more.

rjflyn
May 2, 2012, 07:34 PM
I would except I got bitten by a psychotic patient back in October so I have to defer for a year.

bg002h
May 2, 2012, 07:55 PM
As a physician, I can't stress enough how important it is for people to donate blood. Blood is used for many patients, not just those who lost blood in trauma or surgery.

During my intern year, I prescribed several units of blood, platelets, and FFP every day on the hematology/oncology service. The amount of good blood can do is amazing.

Oh, and please don't take offense at the questions they ask you before donating blood. The point of the questions is to reduce transmission of disease...while all blood is tested for many diseases, no test is perfect. If there were enough celibate nuns on the planet, no man would give blood!

FluJunkie
May 2, 2012, 08:30 PM
Oh come on, sexually active anyone is at risk for HIV.

But some groups are more at risk than others.

Do you support ending the ban on injection drug users giving blood?


As for the "if you, a male, have had sex with a male, even once" question - one has to wonder just how long they figure the HIV virus can lie dormant in a body. Thirty-five plus years seems like a long time to hold a rapidly-changing retrovirus like HIV (which basically outadapts and outlasts a human body, from my understanding) at bay.

On average, without HAART, the latent period was ~10 years.
Now with HAART, we can keep you HIV+ and alive with no known upper limit.

Unfortunately, a petition won't be nearly as effective as cutting off the blood supply.

Nothing will change the policy faster than those deemed "healthy" refusing to donate.

My post was a lament, not a call to action. I can understand how it could be interpreted as the latter, though. I apologize for the ambiguity.

Unfortunately, society and organizations rarely "right wrongs" simply because they see discrimination and decide to fix it. It usually takes some action to force the issue, and make it apparent that the organization needs to right the wrong in order to meet its goals.

Maybe instead of getting the breeders to boycott blood drives, we should encourage the rest of us to flood them. Answer the questions honestly, and leave when you're rejected. If the blood drives report to the home office that 10%/20%/30% of the volunteers are rejected due to the MMLTM clause, then perhaps things will change sooner.


This entirely ignores that many organizations, including the Red Cross, are pushing for the deferral to be changed. See here: http://www.aabb.org/pressroom/statements/Pages/statement061510.aspx

AidenShaw
May 2, 2012, 08:38 PM
This entirely ignores that many organizations, including the Red Cross, are pushing for the deferral to be changed. See here: http://www.aabb.org/pressroom/statements/Pages/statement061510.aspx

Nice, but in a few weeks that web page will be two years old.

Has anything changed in the last two years?

No.

mikefj2004
May 2, 2012, 09:36 PM
So let me see if I understand. Lev 3:17 clearly states that we must stay away from blood "indefinitely" along with Deut 12:16 and Acts 15:19, 20 and 29. Therefore, instead of putting faith in Jehovah's ability to save (after all, HE is our creator) we decide to take life in our own hands and do what's pleasing to us? Question? And I ask this question with great humility and respect and honor to anyone who answers. If your Mom was sick, the doctor says she needs blood but Jehovah comes to you and say "do not give her any blood." Will you trust in His ability to eventually resurrect her or would you disobey Him and give her the blood anyway?

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So let me see if I understand. Lev 3:17 clearly states that we must stay away from blood "indefinitely" along with Deut 12:16 and Acts 15:19, 20 and 29. Therefore, instead of putting faith in Jehovah's ability to save (after all, HE is our creator) we decide to take life in our own hands and do what's pleasing to us? Question? And I ask this question with great humility and respect and honor to anyone who answers. If your Mom was sick, the doctor says she needs blood but Jehovah comes to you and say "do not give her any blood." Will you trust in His ability to eventually resurrect her or would you disobey Him and give her the blood anyway? And I'm hiding under my religion? No, I'm no God therefore I've decided to wait on a God, the true God.

AidenShaw
May 2, 2012, 10:16 PM
So let me see if I understand. Lev 3:17 clearly states that we must stay away from blood "indefinitely" along with Deut 12:16 and Acts 15:19, 20 and 29. Therefore, instead of putting faith in Jehovah's ability to save (after all, HE is our creator) we decide to take life in our own hands and do what's pleasing to us? Question? And I ask this question with great humility and respect and honor to anyone who answers. If your Mom was sick, the doctor says she needs blood but Jehovah comes to you and say "do not give her any blood." Will you trust in His ability to eventually resurrect her or would you disobey Him and give her the blood anyway?

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So let me see if I understand. Lev 3:17 clearly states that we must stay away from blood "indefinitely" along with Deut 12:16 and Acts 15:19, 20 and 29. Therefore, instead of putting faith in Jehovah's ability to save (after all, HE is our creator) we decide to take life in our own hands and do what's pleasing to us? Question? And I ask this question with great humility and respect and honor to anyone who answers. If your Mom was sick, the doctor says she needs blood but Jehovah comes to you and say "do not give her any blood." Will you trust in His ability to eventually resurrect her or would you disobey Him and give her the blood anyway? And I'm hiding under my religion? No, I'm no God therefore I've decided to wait on a God, the true God.

Who wrote Leviticus and Deuteronomy?

Was it digitally signed so that you can verify that it is the actual work of the authors?

And, since the original probably wasn't written in English, can you verify that the translation is true to the original?

Godozo
May 4, 2012, 12:35 AM
Nice, but in a few weeks that web page (where the AABB stands for a change in the requirement) will be two years old.

Has anything changed in the last two years?

No.


The page is still up. That counts for something, especially since it's been their stand on the gay blood ban for over fifteen years.
There is some movement towards what you want. It may not be much (and much too slow, admittedly), but the gears seem to be grinding:
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/03/13/2012-6091/request-for-information-rfi-on-design-of-a-pilot-operational-study-to-assess-alternative-blood-donor


And finally: Your cry for a boycott IS a call for action, NOT a "lament." Especially since you've made the point of trumpeting your undying disdain towards everything related to blood donations, from the system to the companies that gather the blood to the donors themselves.

mjw11
May 9, 2012, 03:00 AM
Gave blood yesterday! I'm A+

SteveLazarus
May 10, 2012, 08:45 PM
I do apheresis once a month. Happy to give MacRumors some credit.

cjmillsnun
May 12, 2012, 03:44 PM
Damn, I donated in April. Can't be involved this year.

BTW I'm of the opinion that there is nothing that isn't testable that stops gay men donating. It's discrimination based on outdated opinion.

Doctor Q
Jun 1, 2012, 09:37 AM
http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/05/mr_blood_drive_2012.jpg

May is over so the MacRumors 2012 Blood Drive has ended, but the need for blood and platelets continues. We choose one month to call attention to donations, but there are people in need every day of the year.

Thank you to all other blood, platelet, and plasma donors, those who have made arrangements to donate their organs, and those who have joined their country's bone marrow registry.

Congratulations to the 36 donors who collectively made 38 blood and platelet donations and let us know during the month of our Blood Drive. Collectively they donated 51 units of life-saving blood and platelets. We know there are many anonymous donors in our community as well.

Day-by-day results of the Blood Drive are posted here and a summary list of donors here.

If you are a regular donor, please continue to look for opportunities to donate. If you are an eligible donor who hasn't donated before, consider making your first donation and saving a life. If you aren't eligible to donate, please support and encourage those who can. You are welcome to save, share, or help us maintain our information pages:
Blood and Platelet Donation Guide

Organ, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation

bikertwin
Jun 3, 2012, 09:25 PM
Every year it's the same damn thing. No gays allowed. MacRumors has a huge gay population. Nice way to make your members feel bad about themselves.

Why don't you have a dual drive: blood drive and (something else) so that all your gay members can feel like we're contributing, too? And let us report/take photos of how we're contributing (money, food, whatever). So it's all-inclusive.

Telling us to recruit straight friends/family/coworkers to give blood is like asking us to recruit straight friends/family/coworkers to get married--we can't do that either; and recruiting people doesn't make us feel any better.

spillproof
Jun 3, 2012, 10:05 PM
Every year it's the same damn thing. No gays allowed. MacRumors has a huge gay population. Nice way to make your members feel bad about themselves.

Why don't you have a dual drive: blood drive and (something else) so that all your gay members can feel like we're contributing, too? And let us report/take photos of how we're contributing (money, food, whatever). So it's all-inclusive.

Telling us to recruit straight friends/family/coworkers to give blood is like asking us to recruit straight friends/family/coworkers to get married--we can't do that either; and recruiting people doesn't make us feel any better.

You shouldn't feel bad about yourself. You should feel good that you belong to a group of people who want to help those in need, especially with something so direly needed- blood. Your last paragraph sounds like many people in the Facebook iOS6 integration thread - "I don't have/ hate Facebook, so this is a stupid idea!" and "I don't use this feature so no one should have it!"

If you want homosexuals to have the ability[\I] to donate blood then contact your local representatives and state governor. Don't take your anger out on people trying to do good. I don't know the personal and emotional struggles that a homosexual faces in this cruel would we live in but I can guess- it sucks.

[possibly controversial statement] IMHO Your paticipation in this may be hindered only by what you tell the donation center. They don't need to know your [I]committed relationship buttsex was with a man. [/possibly controversial statement].

But yes, it would be nice to have other donation and/or community benifiting drive that we, members of the MacRumor forums can participate in.

Doctor Q
Jun 3, 2012, 11:35 PM
Why don't you have a dual drive: blood drive and (something else)
We just did. We expanded our Blood Drive this year to include two more good causes: organ donation and bone marrow donation. Even if you aren't eligible to donate blood you can sign up to donate your organs. If you expect to have children you can plan to donate their umbilical cord blood to the national bone marrow registry whether or not you can join the registry yourself. I hope you'd feel good about doing these things rather than resentful about what you can't do. It's too bad that you couldn't participate in all aspects of this community effort but if you have the instinct to help people then I think you'll find many ways to do just that.

We hesitate to make this a fundraising drive, which would give more kudos to the people with more ability to donate, but if there are ways to expand the scope of this drive without diluting our message, it's worth discussing them.

AveChatman
Jun 4, 2012, 09:09 AM
Great cause, and a great place to remind people to share their blood with those who need it just as much to survive. Be careful to be perfectly healthy and strong when giving blood. My first and last nervous breakdown happened after giving blood at a very stressful stage of my life - big mistake...