The Fourth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive runs for the month of May 2013. We ask you, our site visitors and forum members, to donate blood and platelets this month. We also ask you to register for the bone marrow registry and as an organ donor. We welcome first-time donors and we'll be glad to explain the details, give you tips if you're nervous, and congratulate you afterwards. Remember that every donor was once a first-time donor. We hope to top our Blood Drive results from our three previous Blood Drives. Your donations will help other people survive or recover from injury, surgery, or illness, cure someone of a life-threatening disease by a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, or preserve the life of someone who suffers organ failure. How to participate in the MacRumors Blood Drive: 1. Donate blood or platelets in May. Register as a bone marrow donor. Register as an organ donor. Since we're in cyberspace we don't collect blood ourselves. Donate blood or platelets at a hospital or other donation center that's convenient to you. Pick a day when you can spare an hour (for blood) or a couple of hours (for platelets) and make an appointment. Donate blood, platelets, or plasma. Afterwards, take a photo of your arm, with its bandage, plaster, or the small mark on your arm, or you having your post-donation snack and juice. See our Blood and Platelet Donation Guide guide for details. To register to be a stem cell or bone marrow donor you typically fill out a form and have your cheek swabbed. Nothing to it! Registering as an organ donor is just as easy. Depending on your country, most of it can be done online by filling out a form, and you may be asked to sign a donor card or put a sticker on your driver's license. See our Organ, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation guide. 2. Let us know about it The reward for donating or registering 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 or register, post any photo you took or tell us about your registration experience in this thread. Tell us if you donated blood or platelets, how many units, and if you're a first-time donor. Tell us if you've just registered as a bone marrow donor or an organ donor, and how you feel about it. 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 unable or ineligible based on the eligibility rules in their country. Even if you can't donate, you can help. Check if you can register as a marrow or organ donor. Let others know about the need for these 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, tell us about it. We want to recognize your efforts. Copy/paste this line into your forum signature: :) [b][color=red]I support the [thread=1577444]MacRumors Blood Drive[/thread]![/color][/b] :)It'll come out like this: I support the MacRumors Blood Drive! If you're eligible for an avatar, use our Blood Drive avatar this month: Notes: This thread is for celebrating the participants in the MacRumors Blood Drive. If you want to discuss restrictions on gay donors or other related social issues, please post in the Blood donor eligibility thread. News story about this Blood Drive: MacRumors 2013 Blood Drive The MacRumors Blood Drive was planned by the MacRumors staff and volunteers with help from forum member Shaun.P.