MacRumors 2013 Blood Drive!

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  1. Doctor Q, May 1, 2013
    Last edited: May 1, 2013

    Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles

    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:
    • 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.
  2. Shaun.P, May 1, 2013
    Last edited: May 31, 2013

    Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    The Honor Roll


    The following MacRumors users have reported their blood, platelet, or plasma donation in this thread. Members who have just registered as bone marrow or organ donors are also listed below.

    Congratulations and thank you for doing your part to help people in need!

    May 1 or Before:
    Comeagain?: blood
    G4-power: blood
    spillproof: blood
    TEG: blood
    ironpw: platelets, 3 units
    Nokaoi1959: blood
    lobster512: blood
    Waughy: blood
    MartyCan: blood
    TailsToo: plasma
    7thson: platelets, 2 units

    May 2:
    initialsBB: blood
    penguintheft: blood
    pattsid: blood

    May 3:
    iwbyte: platelets, 2 units

    May 4:
    spazzcat: blood

    May 6:
    rcappo: blood

    May 7:
    utgreenhead: blood

    May 8:
    ChristianHoj: blood
    stridemat: blood, new bone marrow donor

    May 9:
    bbotte: blood
    b-rad g: blood

    May 10:
    jbachandouris: blood

    May 13:
    ironpw: platelets, 3 units

    May 14:
    udontno: new bone marrow donor

    May 15:
    Doctor Q: blood

    May 16:
    7thson: platelets, 3 units
    Timelordprime: platelets, 2 units

    May 17:
    FutureBlake: blood

    May 18:
    AlbertEinstein: blood, new organ donor

    May 30:
    7thson: platelets, 3 units

    22 units of blood, 18 units of platelets and 1 unit of plasma have been donated so far!
    2 forum members have registered as a bone marrow donor.
    1 forum member has registered as an organ donor.
  3. coder12 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    I donated 3 mos. ago and can't donate for another month.

    Last time I donated whole blood and jokingly told another person that "we should race."

    Coincidentally, I passed out. But I did manage to finish my blood draw before them. :D
  4. ToomeyND macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    I signed up for being a marrow donor a few years ago! Everyone should do it. The other two are no brainers!
  5. drober30 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
    I donate blood fairly often as my mom is a retiree from the Red Cross and blood drives is what she did.

    However, I just renewed my license in February and opted IN for the organ donor list.

    My brother n law just had a kidney transplant and the kidney came from one of our friends who was a match. Eye opening experience...
  6. talmy, May 1, 2013
    Last edited: May 1, 2013

    talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I'm over 16 gallons (129 donations) in 40 years of donating. I now limit myself to the twice a year drives at work.

    Photo shows some of the pins I got, mostly through the "Holiday Heroes" program they used to run. (Picture taken 8 years ago)

    Attached Files:

  7. ironpw macrumors newbie


    May 1, 2012
    3 units of Platelets Donated Monday April 29th.

  8. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Donated 2 months ago so not eligible to do it again right now, definitely would if I could. Unfortunately I didn't think this was coming up so soon so I didn't get any pictures for the topic.

    This was my 5th Donation in total. Wanted to donate two other times when Canadian Blood Services was on my University campus but got the flu just prior both times :(
  9. Nokaoi1959 macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2013
    Did all three

    I just gave my 83rd pint on Monday, the 29th. Don't have a bandage to show, but I'll show the new donation pins I got from the Blood Bank of Hawaii, gallons 1 - 6.

    So long ago I can't remember when, I signed up for both the Bone Marrow Registry and as an organ donor. Count me in on your blood drive!

    And, thanks for spreading the good word about donations. A minority of people donate most of the blood. If more new donors got started and became lifelong donors, many lives could be saved. Every time I give, it feels great because that pint could save someone's life. One day, it may be your own or a loved one's life at stake. It may hurt a little, but it'll feel so good afterwards.

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  10. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    Thank you for telling us about your recent donations. I have added your donations to the honor roll.
  11. TailsToo macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2010
    New Jersey
    Gave plasma at Sloan-Kettering in NYC last month.

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  12. lobster512, May 1, 2013
    Last edited: May 1, 2013

    lobster512 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    Just donated today. I try to donate every couple of months when I become re-eligible. It only takes an hour and can save someone's life. So far, I believe I've donated about 10 times and I plan on doing it until I'm old and they can no longer find my veins.

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  13. Waughy, May 1, 2013
    Last edited: May 1, 2013

    Waughy macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    I donated blood yesterday (May 1st) to the Australian Red Cross. This was my third donation and I booked in to go again in July when I'm next eligible.
    Just found this thread so no pics of the bandage, but here's the needle mark a day later.

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  14. 7thson, May 1, 2013
    Last edited: May 1, 2013

    7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    I donate platelets every two weeks at my local blood bank. I find it easier to just schedule it every other Wednesday at 4pm, it's some guaranteed down time that I can feel good about. I found it harder to donate whole blood because I have to wait two months before I can do it again. By that time I have made up a ton of excuses why I can't do it and it doesn't happen. Do it people, you don't have to watch them put the needle in!
  15. MartyCan macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2012
    Near Toronto, ON
    Thanks and congratulations to all those who donate!

    If I'd known sooner I would have rescheduled. As it is, I did donate on Tuesday, April 30th and it was my 31st donation!
  16. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    Gave my pint today !

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  17. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    Thank you so much for participating in the blood drive - and for the pictures too!

    I have updated the Honor Roll to reflect your donations. Now it's time to persuade someone else to donate! :D
  18. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Good for you, 7thson. How long does each donation take you?

    You must have donated platelets on April 10 and 24, not on April 3 and 17, since you didn't mention donating on May 1. Is that right?
  19. penguintheft macrumors newbie


    Jun 23, 2011
    Saw this post yesterday and made an appointment to donate today! Just got back, and feel great. Thanks for the inspiration! This was my second time donating (did it once in college), so this was a great reminder that it's both important and very easy to do.


  20. 7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    No, I donated on May 1st, yesterday. I was eligible to do a triple but it was going to take 90 minutes, so i had to opt for the double which took an hour. i had a workshop to attend after. I was stoked my count was that high, though. Prety new to this, just started this past January, but have been consistent every two weeks since. Sorry no pic. I had just removed the bandage right before I saw this thread.
  21. iwbyte macrumors member


    Dec 5, 2005
    Came in for my usual platelets donation today. Supposed to be a triple but I twisted my wrist and moved the needle before I finished so I only did a double.
    I bring in my iPad and watch movies off-loaded from my Tivo and do some recreational surfing while I sit and bleed.

    Attached Files:

  22. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
  23. pattsid macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2013
    I donated May 2, 2013 to the Canadian Blood Services.

    I even created a MacRumors account rather than just being a lurker :)

    No pics of the bandage ... but this was my 59th donation.
  24. OverSpun macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2006
    I can't donate blood but I can share this since I am a cancer survivor from blood donations and more-

    My initial diagnosis of leukemia came at the very untimely part of the year between Christmas and New Years ('09-'10). This is when blood donations are scarce. I was very fortunate to have the support of friends, and family to step up and donate a record amount of blood, which helped me and others in their time of need. Thanks to Chapman University for promoting a school wide blood drive in my honor and benefiting the Red Cross. I am especially grateful for the kindness of my youngest sister who donated her stem cells for my transplant and my friend whose platelet donations that turbocharged my recovery.

    Give Blood - Give Life
  25. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    That's amazing that MacRumors provided inspiration for this. Thank you for donating and sharing your story.

    The fact you donate consistlenty every two weeks is extraordinary. You must know the staff pretty well by now?

    Welcome to MacRumors then! 59 donations - absolutely amazing. Does that mean you have been donating regularly for the last 15 years?

    Movies? How long does it take to donate triple units of platelets?!

    Thank you for being one of our first donors. It helps get the ball rolling!

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