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MacRumors 2015 Blood Drive

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MacRumors is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2015. Our goal every year 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 over 250 units of blood and platelets.

Apple often supports health, relief, and charity efforts, including facilitating cash donations after the recent earthquake in Nepal, but this drive is run by the staff and volunteers of MacRumors.

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 2015 Blood Drive! forum thread. Tell us about your donation or registration experience. 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 2015 Blood Drive! thread and our traditional Honor Roll of recognized donors.

Recent donation by a MacRumors forum member
Why donate blood or platelets? Why join the bone marrow registry? Why join the organ donor registry?

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

Do this today

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. Find the details in our knowledge base articles: Blood and Platelet Donation and Organ, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation. We've added over 20 countries to these articles.

2. If you aren't eligible to donate blood: Check if you can still register for the bone marrow registry and register as an organ donor. You're welcome to discuss donor eligibility in our Blood donor eligibility forum thread.

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

Article Link: MacRumors 2015 Blood Drive
 

aj8690

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Very nice. I hope everyone participates. I would donate, but even though I'm perfectly healthy, I'm banned due to sexual orientation. Still. In 2015.
 
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jonblatho

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Very nice. I hope everyone participates. I would donate, but even though I'm perfectly healthy, I'm banned due to sexual orientation. Still. In 2015.

Same here. # But it seems like there's at least a little headway being made for LGBT blood donations.
 
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sc4rf4c3

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Oct 10, 2012
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I would donate but I have a sleeve tattoo. You never know my Apple watch might work after I donate blood.
 
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Doctor Q

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I've read that over 40% of Americans can donate blood but less than 5% actually do. Not everyone is eligible, but everyone can help. One blood donation can save up to 3 lives, so there's probably a lot of untapped potential among our friends, family, classmates, coworkers, and other aquaintenaces.

Letting other people know about donating is just as important as being a donor yourself.

We've heard from a number of forum members whose lives have been saved by blood donors they've never met. They can't thank you enough for helping support this or any other blood drive.
 
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brinary001

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A lot of civilian blood and platelet donation goes to military blood banks as well for use on battlefield trauma patients. As an infantry soldier who doesn't know what the hell is in store for him, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart and know that my family does too, if, God forbid, one day I or my one of my brothers needs it.
 
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John.B

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I've read that over 40% of Americans can donate blood but less than 5% actually do. Not everyone is eligible, but everyone can help. One blood donation can save up to 3 lives, so there's probably a lot of untapped potential among our friends, family, classmates, coworkers, and other aquaintenaces.

I spent a summer in the early 90s in England and Ireland, which still disqualifies me according to ARC guidelines, regardless of the fact that no case of vCJD has ever been transmitted via blood or platelet donation (and, really, symptoms would have presented at some point in the past almost 25 years).

So the American Red Cross continues to come down on the side of BSE hysteria over proven science. Pretty sad for a supposed medical organization in charge of 2/3rds of the US blood supply.

I wouldn't give a plug nickle or a moment of my time to any organization affiliated with the ARC.
 
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apple_iBoy

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Oct 28, 2003
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Wish I could give. I'm a perfectly healthy, sexually active gay man in a committed long-term relationship.

I used to just lie on the form and donate anyway. And then one day I thought, nah, should haven't to do it this way. I'll just be honest and stop giving, for as long as the rule is in place. But I'll also mention why that's the case anytime I'm encouraged to donate.
 
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FuzzyDicePHL

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Nov 2, 2013
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Wish I could give. I'm a perfectly healthy, sexually active gay man in a committed long-term relationship.

I used to just lie on the form and donate anyway. And then one day I thought, nah, should haven't to do it this way. I'll just be honest and stop giving, for as long as the rule is in place. But I'll also mention why that's the case anytime I'm encouraged to donate.

Same situation here. I always make a point to let them know why when asked for the blood drives at work, too.

Stupid FDA. :\
 
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Wombat-man

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Nov 11, 2010
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I'm probably unable to donate for two or different reasons, none of which make much sense (including living in England for a while).
 
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mattster16

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Very nice. I hope everyone participates. I would donate, but even though I'm perfectly healthy, I'm banned due to sexual orientation. Still. In 2015.

Same here. It is quite sad because I'm very healthy and used to donate blood all the time. That was before I came to terms with my sexual orientation and before I entered into a committed same-sex relationship - the same relationship I've been in for over 2 years now. I'll donate again if the rules ever allow me to do so.
 
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bpeeps

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May 6, 2011
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Very nice. I hope everyone participates. I would donate, but even though I'm perfectly healthy, I'm banned due to sexual orientation. Still. In 2015.

Yep, same boat as well.
 
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KALLT

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Sep 23, 2008
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They won't let you donate if you have tattoos? That rules out a gazillion potentials!

I think most countries don’t specifically ban tattooed people as donors, but more generally people who’ve had surgical treatment or other operations where blood may have been involved. Typically it’s only temporary, in my country it’s up to 3 or 6 months if I’m not mistaken.

Same reason why people are temporarily banned when they lived in an area that has a higher risk of infections. Some other people are banned because they are part of a risk group, like people who inject drugs with needles and men who have had sex with men. Often it’s easier to discriminate against a group of people as well if costs/benefits favours exclusion.
 
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taradene

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Apr 30, 2015
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I think most countries don’t specifically ban tattooed people as donors, but more generally people who’ve had surgical treatment or other operations where blood may have been involved. Typically it’s only temporary, in my country it’s up to 3 or 6 months if I’m not mistaken.

Same reason why people are temporarily banned when they lived in an area that has a higher risk of infections. Some other people are banned because they are part of a risk group, like people who inject drugs with needles and men who have had sex with men. Often it’s easier to discriminate against a group of people as well if costs/benefits favours exclusion.

Ok, I was curious because I do have one sleeve, but I have yet to tattoo the inner elbow anyways.
 
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