MacRumors 2011 Blood Drive!

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  1. Doctor Q, May 1, 2011
    Last edited: May 2, 2011

    Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Making history

    Last year MacRumors held the first MacRumors Blood Drive, a successful effort to encourage blood and platelet donations by our forum members and site visitors, including first-time donors. This year we're doing it again!

    Why? MacRumors is an online community where users regularly help each other. We're applying that spirit to the real world community by asking everyone who can to donate blood or donate platelets during the month of May. By donating at your local donor center you will help people who need blood or platelets to survive or recover from injury, surgery, or illness.

    Why should you donate? Because one hour of your time can save the lives of three people in your city. Donating to charities is one way to help people in need, but no amount of money can replace a unit of blood or platelets when it's needed. Saving another person's life is the greatest act of charity.

    How to participate in the MacRumors Blood Drive:

    1. Donate blood or platelets in May

    Pick a day in May when you can spare an hour. Donate blood, platelets, or plasma at any donor center in your city.
    2. Let us know about it

    The reward for donating is personal satisfaction that's hard to describe. But we want to add to your reward by giving you a well-deserved pat on the back.

    After you donate you'll get a bandage or plaster on your arm. Take a photo and show it to us by posting in this thread. Even if you don't get a photo, tell us about the donation you've made. Mention if it's blood or platelets, how many units, and if you're a first-time donor. We're keeping an Honor Roll (see below) to give you public thanks for your generosity and to encourage others.
    3. Spread the word

    Not everyone can donate. Some people are ineligible, based on rules that vary by country (see note below). If you're nervous as a first-time donor, talk to those who have faced that problem before you. Every donor has to take that first step.

    If you can't donate, let others know about the need for blood and platelet donations. Convincing someone else to donate blood adds to the supply just as much as donating yourself. If you convince a friend or family member to donate, take a photo of their arm and post it here. We still want to recognize your effort.

    1. This thread is for celebrating the participants in the MacRumors Blood Drive. Please use the accompanying news thread if you want to discuss the social issues regarding blood and platelet donations, including the ongoing debate about the eligibility restrictions on gay donors.

    2. The MacRumors Blood Drive was proposed by and planned with forum member Shaun.P.

    3. You are welcome to copy/paste this line into your forum signature:
      :) [color=red]I support the [thread=1146112]MacRumors Blood Drive[/thread]![/color] :)​
      It'll come out like this:
      :) I support the MacRumors Blood Drive! :)
  2. Shaun.P, May 2, 2011
    Last edited: May 27, 2011

    Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8

    The following MacRumors users have reported their blood, platelet, or plasma donation in this thread. Congratulations and thank you for doing your part to help people in need!

    May 1 or before:
    drewsof07: blood
    tooz: blood
    iXtina: blood
    kainjow: blood, first donation
    ulbador: blood
    eawmp1: blood, 2 units
    stridemat: blood
    Doctor Q: platelets, 2 units
    funone0: blood, 2 units
    DoubleVision19: blood

    May 2:
    houdinize: blood, first donation
    fysh3: platelets
    Uffish Thought: blood, 1 unit; platelets, 1 unit
    Alexmoo: blood, first donation
    rneumann: blood, 1 unit; plasma, 2 units

    May 3:
    bpal1: platelets, 2 units
    mosidee: blood, first donation
    olela: blood
    opspin: blood
    erzeszut: blood

    May 4:
    mickbab: blood

    May 5:
    G4-power: blood

    May 6:
    iwbyte: platelets, 3 units

    May 7:
    iomar: blood

    May 11:
    silexh: blood

    May 12:
    spillproof and family: blood, 3 units
    Monkeyfoahead: blood

    May 13:
    Jeff Meredith: blood

    May 17:
    shaynes: blood

    May 24:
    jbachandouris: blood

    May 25:
    Shaun.P: blood
    skinuca: platelets, 3 units

    May 27:
    iwbyte: platelets, 3 units
    FutureBlake: blood

    32 Units of Blood, 15 Units of Platelets and 2 units of Plasma have been donated so far - 49 units total!
  3. Shaun.P, May 2, 2011
    Last edited: May 2, 2011

    Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    To find a donor center, eligibility information, and donation facts:

    See our new Mac Guide: Blood and Platelet Donation

    MacRumors members considering donating for the first time may be wondering what happens when you donate blood. Blood donation takes about an hour for a health interview, the setup, the actual donation, and relaxing afterwards. The actual blood draw takes only 5 to 15 minutes and makes a huge difference to the recipient who receives it. Here is an interactive demonstration of the procedure in the UK. Although the procedure in the US (or in other countries) may be slightly different, the underlying procedure is the same.

    Donating blood is extremely rewarding. Most people are eligible but only approximately 3% to 4% of the population choose to donate blood. Unfortunately, this small percentage often doesn't meet the continual demand. Donating blood does save lives!

    If you are interested in donating, find out if you are eligible and locate a donation center. In the new Mac Guide we've collected information about donation in many countries. If you know donation information for other countries please add them to the guide!

    Thank You!
  4. centauratlas macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2003
    I'm up to 3 and 3/4 gallons since I moved to this area (and more before that), but won't be eligible to donate again in May...but it is great to see more people helping!
  5. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
  6. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
  7. funone0 macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Donated double red blood cells

    I donated two units of red blood cells on April 26th, it was my second time donating and it was at my high school, if I had known about this I would have waited until may, please include my donation in the total. :)
  8. houdinize macrumors regular

    Mar 1, 2008
    First-time donor and I gave a pint of blood. A lot less scarier than I thought.
  9. fysh3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2011
    Plymouth UK
    Platelet donation today. Its my 11th time :) Going again in just under 4 weeks.

  10. Uffish Thought, May 2, 2011
    Last edited: May 3, 2011

    Uffish Thought macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2011
    Platelets & RBC's

    I'm one hand typing as I donate platelets, plasma and RBC's right now at Blood Centers of the Pacific.

    I've been donating for 25 years and have given >20 gallons, often giving platelets several times a month when called upon.

    I'll post a pic when I'm done :D

    :) I support the MacRumors Blood Drive! :)

    Attached Files:

  11. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    And because of people like you, a sweet 90-year-old WWII vet is still alive, to enjoy life as best he can. :cool:
  12. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    After a quick phone call to the NHS, turns out I can't donate due to some treatment I had last year. So I apparently can't donate until august this year. But I will definitely post here when I do! SORRY! :(
  13. Alexmoo macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2011
    Donated for my first time at my school Blood Drive for Canadian Blood Services today.
    I donated 1 unit of blood, and other than a brief period of being less than fully conscious, it was a pretty great experience.
    Great idea MacRumors, donating blood is such an important and under appreciated issue- hopefully the community steps up and donates.
  14. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Depending on where you are, you may soon be another person keeping Alan alive. :cool:
  15. wvuwhat macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Unless things have changed, I'm barred from donating anything, because I'm diabetic. But, I firmly support the cause.
  16. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Take heart, and ask.
  17. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2010
  18. bpal1 macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2011
    Platelets, 2 units, my 78th donation since 2004.
  19. true777 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2000
    California, Austria, Arkansas
    Thank you so much, all. As a blood cancer sufferer I have had to rely on blood transfusions quite a few times when my own body wasn't producing blood properly.

    In addition to giving blood and/or platelets I encourage everyone to register as a stem cell donor. Nowadays stem cell donation is quick and virtually painless, and you can save the life of a desperately ill person whose illness can be eradicated with just a few vials of your life-saving stem cells.

    Stem cell donors are urgently needed - there are long wait lists of patients who are dying. I might need a stem cell donor at some point in the future to save my life. Please register, it only takes a few minutes. The chance you will ever actually be needed as a donor is small (you'd have to be a perfect match on many blood criteria), and if you are contacted you can still refuse, so you are not committing to anything just by signing up.
  20. mosidee, May 2, 2011
    Last edited: May 2, 2011

    mosidee macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010
    Donated (blood) for my first time at The Thai Red Cross Society.

  21. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    I can't donate (blood or stem cells, even my baby's umbilical cord blood) either due to my own cancer history, but I wanted to second this! Signing up to be on the bone marrow registry is as simple as a cheek swab, no needles involved.

    I think my husband is due to donate blood again, I will remind him to do it this month!
  22. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Making history
    In the U.S. the minimum age varies by state. Since 2009 the minimum age to donate in Ohio is 16 with parental consent.

    See Information for 16 Year Old Donors.
  23. mikey203 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2010
    I'm both underweight and gay, so nit happening for me I'm afraid!! Will have to persuade someone else to give in my place!
  24. olela macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2011
    Donated 500ml at my local hospital here in Norway earlier today.
    It's my second time only, as we only give blood 3-4 times a year here.

    This must be one of the easiest ways to help others... I hope more people start to donate:)

    Attached Files:

  25. vbed macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    Thank you

    Hi all,

    I've been a lurker on these boards for a while (mostly watching the iPad2 threads, I got one on launch day by queueing up) and this is my first post.

    I'd just like to say a heart-felt thank you to all of you who have decided to give blood, both on-going and for the first time because of this appeal.

    I'm just an average Joe but my wife is suffering from an untreatable form of cancer. One of the side effects of cancer, and namely cancer treatments such as chemo and radiotherapy is that it quite often makes you anaemic - a lack of red cells in your blood.

    When you're already dealing with the crap of cancer becoming anaemic is the last thing you want, it makes you short of breath, energy less and causes your heart-beat to race.

    My wife has been treated for anaemia twice this year already, both times needing 2 units of blood to help her reverse the effects.

    Without others generously giving blood her anaemia could have gone to be life threatening.

    So thank you, thank you, thank you.

    And if you're still deciding to give blood - do, if you can. Please. Everyone involved in taking the blood from you is great (they understand you're nervous) and you'll feel like a hero for at least 24hours. I know, I gave blood for the first time last month and I'm already signed up for another go in June.


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