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Old May 1, 2014, 11:04 AM   #1
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MacRumors 2014 Blood Drive




MacRumors is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2014. Our goal is to increase the number of life-saving donations in real-world communities by encouraging everyone in our online community to step forward. While most blood drives are specific to a geographic location or collection center, our blood drive is online and worldwide. Our past blood drives have collectively recorded donations of hundreds of units of blood and platelets.

We ask that you:

1. Donate blood or platelets at any donation center or hospital near you. Join the bone marrow registry in your country. Sign up for the organ donor registry in your state, province, or country.

2. Post in the MacRumors 2014 Blood Drive! thread. Tell us about your donation or registration experience, or post a post-donation selfie. We'd like to thank you.

3. Share the news and our message with other people you know, online and in person. Convince one other person to donate blood in the month of May. Help us thank the donors who post about their experiences.

For details see the MacRumors 2014 Blood Drive! thread and our traditional Honor Roll of recognized donors.

Why donate blood or platelets?

Donated blood and platelets save the lives of people recovering from accidents, undergoing surgery, or struck by illness. These are people in your own neighborhoods who need your help. Donated blood and platelets are needed every 2 seconds, not just when hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters occur. An hour of your time could save up to 3 lives.

Why join the bone marrow registry?

With a simple cheek swab you are volunteering to donate stem cells or bone marrow if you match someone dying from a disease like leukemia. There are many thousands of people each year searching for donors to save their lives. You might be the one and only person who can save a particular patient's life.

Why join the organ donor registry?

Thousands of people die every year while waiting for organ transplants. Your donation of organs when your own life ends could save the lives of as many as 8 people.

The lives you save may belong to your friends, neighbors, relatives, or complete strangers. Someday you may receive the same generosity from others. There's no gift more precious than the gift of life.

This year's first blood donor: forum member "stridemat"
What to do today

See the links and general information in our two knowledge base articles: Blood and Platelet Donation and Organ, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation. Donor eligibility rules vary by country.

1. If you are eligible to donate blood: Schedule a blood or platelet donation, in May if possible. Register for the bone marrow registry. Register as an organ donor.

2. If you aren't eligible to donate blood: Some people aren't eligible to donate blood for medical reasons, while others are barred by government policies that many find outdated. Speak your mind about it in the Blood donor eligibility thread. You can probably still register for the bone marrow registry and register as an organ donor.

3. Help our drive by thanking donors and convincing a friend or relative to donate blood.

Apple charity

Apple's support for charity has picked up in recent years. Apple has supported a number of health, relief, and charity efforts over the years, especially through Product (RED). See our updated knowledge base article: Apple Support for Charity.

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Old May 1, 2014, 11:14 AM   #2
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Funny, just yesterday we saw a documentary by ARTE about how big pharma companies and hospitals make billions on your so called blood "donations"... Unfortunately there will always be someone making money on our generosities. It definitely helps patients in need, but it sure helps some people get richer than they already are.

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Old May 1, 2014, 11:17 AM   #3
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Funny, just yesterday we saw a documentary by ARTE about how big pharma companies and hospitals make billions on your so called blood "donations"... Unfortunately there will always be someone making money on our generosities.

Yes, but by far the people who profit the most are the people whose lives are saved.

If you want to cut out middle men, you can always give direct to a hospital rather than to the Red Cross. I've heard that the Red Cross can charge pretty hefty $ for blood.

Still, I think the point is that if you are able, then please give.
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Old May 1, 2014, 11:26 AM   #4
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Please give if you can.

Blood donors have saved my life - twice. So please, if you're thinking about donating, know that you are literally saving lives.

I'm not eligible to give, so I depend on the kindness of strangers. It really does make an incredible difference.
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Old May 1, 2014, 11:37 AM   #5
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Blood donations are very important. I'd also be interested in which method was used for donation.

Manual (straight into a bag, 1-way from donor)
  • Whole Blood

Apheresis (with a machine, returns some fluids back to the donor)
Here's a link showing some of the different types.
http://www.fenwalinc.com/Pages/Apher...llections.aspx
  • Platelets
  • Plasma
  • Red Cells/Double Red Cells
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Old May 1, 2014, 11:38 AM   #6
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Blood donors have saved my life - twice. So please, if you're thinking about donating, know that you are literally saving lives.

I'm not eligible to give, so I depend on the kindness of strangers. It really does make an incredible difference.
I know people who have had lives saved by others giving blood. For such a small amount of time it is such a worthwhile cause and does really help save lives.
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Old May 1, 2014, 11:38 AM   #7
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I think it's great the MacRumors is participating in the cause of blood donation, but it reminds me once again that the FDA has banned all gay men from blood donation for the past almost three decades on the outdated belief that they are somehow protecting the blood supply. I know my HIV status better than most straight men, but it doesn't matter. They don't want my blood. Sigh.
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Old May 1, 2014, 11:46 AM   #8
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I used to give blood regularly until I was in a car accident and NEEDED blood. They sure charge you a lot more than they pay for it!
Though that is more a byproduct of our top heavy and profit happy healthcare system than the blood drive people.

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I think it's great the MacRumors is participating in the cause of blood donation, but it reminds me once again that the FDA has banned all gay men from blood donation for the past almost three decades on the outdated belief that they are somehow protecting the blood supply. I know my HIV status better than most straight men, but it doesn't matter. They don't want my blood. Sigh.
I wasn't aware of that?!
If that is true I think I am going to attend the next company blood drive and 'register as gay' if there is a slot for that on the intake form, to see what they say.
I'm about as straight as straight gets but I'm horrified by ignorant homophobia. But then my parents are artists and I grew up around gay people. I find them about as remarkable as redheads or the left handed. Vilified by ignorant people, but normal otherwise.

jeez can we at least ACT like we are in the 21st century?
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Old May 1, 2014, 11:55 AM   #9
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If you are not on a bone marrow registry, you should be. It only takes one to make a difference. I know this, because in 1991 I donated bone marrow to an unrelated leukemia patient. I met him a year later, along with his wife and 4-year old son. My donation allowed him to watch his son grow up, graduate college, and fall in love (the wedding is in June). He had an additional 22 years with his wife and son because I was on the registry. Oddly enough, this article was posted today, May 1. He passed away exactly a year ago today. He once said to me, when I asked him how he was doing, "I got to kiss my wife this morning and play catch with my son....it doesn't get any better than that."

Look into the registry...it can make all the difference in the world.
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Old May 1, 2014, 12:01 PM   #10
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I think it's great the MacRumors is participating in the cause of blood donation, but it reminds me once again that the FDA has banned all gay men from blood donation for the past almost three decades on the outdated belief that they are somehow protecting the blood supply. I know my HIV status better than most straight men, but it doesn't matter. They don't want my blood. Sigh.
I'm soon to be a Doctor and I am also bi (with a boyfriend of 5 years currently) so I understand more than anyone the risk/benefits. Unfortunately its the way the rules are, even here in the UK you have to be MSM free for 1 year (so I'm still excluded). Either way there is usually nothing stopping you becoming an organ donor or registering for marrow. Hopefully people will rate up my post and see this rather than the usual 'gays can't do it' & consequent gay rights arguments that go back and forth and distract from whats important during each MR blood drive.
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jeez can we at least ACT like we are in the 21st century?
Sadly in the UK, you can only give blood as a gay man if you haven't had sex in the past 12 months; hardly worth going through all the associated trauma of coming out as gay if you aren't then going to "be gay"!

You're oh so true, ignorance has much to answer for ....
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If you are not on a bone marrow registry, you should be. It only takes one to make a difference. I know this, because in 1991 I donated bone marrow to an unrelated leukemia patient. I met him a year later, along with his wife and 4-year old son. My donation allowed him to watch his son grow up, graduate college, and fall in love (the wedding is in June). He had an additional 22 years with his wife and son because I was on the registry. Oddly enough, this article was posted today, May 1. He passed away exactly a year ago today. He once said to me, when I asked him how he was doing, "I got to kiss my wife this morning and play catch with my son....it doesn't get any better than that."

Look into the registry...it can make all the difference in the world.
I tried to be. I'm gay. They didn't want my bone marrow so they don't get it.
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Old May 1, 2014, 12:22 PM   #13
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I used to give blood regularly until I was in a car accident and NEEDED blood. They sure charge you a lot more than they pay for it!
Though that is more a byproduct of our top heavy and profit happy healthcare system than the blood drive people.

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I wasn't aware of that?!
If that is true I think I am going to attend the next company blood drive and 'register as gay' if there is a slot for that on the intake form, to see what they say.
I'm about as straight as straight gets but I'm horrified by ignorant homophobia. But then my parents are artists and I grew up around gay people. I find them about as remarkable as redheads or the left handed. Vilified by ignorant people, but normal otherwise.

jeez can we at least ACT like we are in the 21st century?
One of the questions they ask you is if you've ever had sex with a man. If you say yes, you are never allowed to donate blood. Like the OP said, I know my HIV status far better than most straight men.
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Went to the BMV today - and had my ID reissued as one marked as an organ donor.

I may not be able to donate blood (yet) because of my age, but this is the best I can do.
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I think it's great the MacRumors is participating in the cause of blood donation, but it reminds me once again that the FDA has banned all gay men from blood donation for the past almost three decades on the outdated belief that they are somehow protecting the blood supply. I know my HIV status better than most straight men, but it doesn't matter. They don't want my blood. Sigh.
I'm sort of in the same boat as you. But, I know the importance of blood donation so I simply lie on the question about MSM. Why? Because I know my status. But, it's still annoying that there is that ban.
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If you are not on a bone marrow registry, you should be. It only takes one to make a difference. I know this, because in 1991 I donated bone marrow to an unrelated leukemia patient. I met him a year later, along with his wife and 4-year old son. My donation allowed him to watch his son grow up, graduate college, and fall in love (the wedding is in June). He had an additional 22 years with his wife and son because I was on the registry. Oddly enough, this article was posted today, May 1. He passed away exactly a year ago today. He once said to me, when I asked him how he was doing, "I got to kiss my wife this morning and play catch with my son....it doesn't get any better than that."

Look into the registry...it can make all the difference in the world.
Wow that's great stuff!
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Sadly in the UK, you can only give blood as a gay man if you haven't had sex in the past 12 months; hardly worth going through all the associated trauma of coming out as gay if you aren't then going to "be gay"!

You're oh so true, ignorance has much to answer for ....
From what I've gathered, the same exclusion applies in America except if you identified as MSM on their forms anytime in the past you are essentially permanently blacklisted from donating.

Someone correct me on this if I'm wrong.
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I think it's great the MacRumors is participating in the cause of blood donation, but it reminds me once again that the FDA has banned all gay men from blood donation for the past almost three decades on the outdated belief that they are somehow protecting the blood supply. I know my HIV status better than most straight men, but it doesn't matter. They don't want my blood. Sigh.
They won't take my blood, either, as I'm a cancer survivor of over 20 years but I don't consider it a case of civil rights or anyone being cancer-survivor-phobic.
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They won't take my blood, either, as I'm a cancer survivor of over 20 years but I don't consider it a case of civil rights or anyone being cancer-survivor-phobic.
Out of curiosity, what do you consider it?
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When my Appendix burst when I was 15 blood drives saved my life (along with the speed of the Ambulance, the coach who found me passed out & the Doctor). They said they had to pumped me with a lot of blood during emergency surgery. So please give blood often because someday you may need it.
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how about apple donate Mac products..like mac pros.
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Out of curiosity, what do you consider it?
Two things:
1) Prudence
2) They know more about the risk of transferring illnesses via blood transfusion than I do or ever will (and likely more than anyone else here as well)
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Funny, just yesterday we saw a documentary by ARTE about how big pharma companies and hospitals make billions on your so called blood "donations"... Unfortunately there will always be someone making money on our generosities. It definitely helps patients in need, but it sure helps some people get richer than they already are.

Your hysterical opinion would be more likely to convince people who disagree if you provided some supporting information - at least a link to the documentary you claim to have watched.
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Sorry can't donate blood since I'm gay.
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Two things:
1) Prudence
2) They know more about the risk of transferring illnesses via blood transfusion than I do or ever will (and likely more than anyone else here as well)
I'm pretty sure they.. You know.. test the blood regardless. A disease won't get transferred.
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