MacRumors 2016 Blood Drive!

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  1. Doctor Q, May 1, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2017

    Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Tranquility Base, Moon

    The Seventh Annual MacRumors Blood Drive runs for the month of May 2016. We ask you to donate blood and platelets this month, register for the bone marrow registry, and/or register as an organ donor. We welcome first-time donors and we'll be glad to explain what to do, give you tips, and congratulate you afterwards. Remember that every donor was once a first-time donor, and every donor is a hero every time they donate.

    We hope to top our Blood Drive results from our six previous Blood Drives, which have collectively recorded donations of over 300 units of blood and platelets, as well as new members of organ donor and bone marrow registries. See the FAQ for details.

    Your blood or platelet donations will help other people survive or recover from injury, surgery, or illness. Your registration as a potential bone marrow or organ donor gives you the potential to cure someone of a life-threatening disease 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 if possible. 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 donation center in your area. Pick a day when you can spare an hour or two and make an appointment. See our Blood and Platelet Donation page for details and donor centers by country.

    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. 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 page for details and donor programs by country.
    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, post to tell us about your donation or registration experience. If you donated blood or platelets, tell us 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. You can post photos too if you want.

    We're keeping an Honor Roll to give you public thanks for your generosity, and to encourage others.
    3. Spread the word
    • Not everyone is eligible to donate blood, and in fact it's less than 50% of the population. Even if you can't donate blood, you may be able to register as a marrow and organ donor. Please support our drive whether or not you can donate blood yourself.

      Let others know about the need for these donations. Convince a friend, relative, classmate, or coworker to donate blood. If you do, tell us about it. We want to recognize your actions.

      Many potential donors are still frustrated by the U.S. restrictions on gay male donors. This year the rules have been changed to be more in line with other countries. See the Blood donor eligibility discussion thread.

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  2. Doctor Q, May 1, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2017

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    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Tranquility Base, Moon
    Blood Drive Honor Roll


    The following MacRumors users have reported their blood, platelet, or plasma donation in this thread or related threads. Members who have just registered for the bone marrow registry or just have registered as an organ donor are also listed.

    Please help us congratulate and thank these forum members for doing their part to help people in need!

    • AngerDanger: blood donation

    • G4-power: blood donation

    • Timelordprime: platelet donation (2 units)

    • spazzcat: blood donation

    • Mercifull: blood donation and bone marrow registration

    • fullstop102: blood donation

    • fullstop102's wife: blood donation

    • PJM83: blood donation

    • barbu: blood donation

    • Munchio: blood donation (first time donor!) and organ donor registration

    • bunnspecial: platelet donation (3 units)

    • tacomahunter: blood donation

    • Ray Brady: blood donation

    • T Coma: blood donation

    • roboclint: organ donor

    • ClarkQ: blood donation

    • hofer: blood donation and platelet donation

    • Humanosaurus: blood donation

    • dotnet: blood donation

    • rcappo: blood donation

    • larrylaffer: blood donation

    • nickmcpherson97: blood donation

    • probabilistic: blood donation

    • Bazooka-joe: blood donation

    • Doctor Q: blood donation

    • aardwolf: blood donation

    • Timelordprime: platelet donation (2 units)

    • ajlei: blood donation

    • 7thson: platelet donation (2 units) and plasma

    • hallux: blood donation

    • JamesMike and his training team: blood donation (22 units!)

    • SteveLazarus: platelet donation

    • Timelordprime: platelet donation (2 units)

    • 7thson: platelet donation (2 units)

    • Humanosaurus: blood donation

    • jbachandouris: blood donation

    Blood donations: 49 units
    Platelet donations: 15 units
    plasma: 1 unit
    Total units: 64

    Newly registered bone marrow donors: 1
    Newly registered organ donors: 1
    Kidney donors: 1
  3. Timelordprime macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2011
    Double platelet donation on Thursday, 28 April 2016. Donation number 290. Hope to donate twice this month.
  4. Mercifull macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2012
    I actually gave blood last Tuesday, my 16th pint, but I've just completed signing up to the British Bone Marrow Registry. :)

  5. spazzcat macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2007
    Darn just donated 22 days ago...

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  6. fullstop102 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Have my 11th donation booked for next week. Took my wife last time and so she is donating again this month. I am a reasonably rate blood type so know it is important to give even more than others.
  7. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    I'm scheduled for a donation on Tuesday, 10 May so will be sure to participate again.
  8. cpwestergaard macrumors newbie


    Feb 4, 2016
    Fresno, CA
    My wife (O-) and I (A-) donate regularly, each well over 5 gallons and counting. Our next donation day will be May 31, so I'll be thinking about MacRumors when we're sitting in the chair.

    Good luck to all!
  9. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2012
    Swindon, England
    I'm donating on 4th May in the UK and this will be my 43rd time
  10. PJM83 macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2014
  11. Southern Dad macrumors 68000

    Southern Dad

    May 23, 2010
    Shady Dale, Georgia
    Thank you all for donating. Unfortunately, I am never allowed to donate. I lived in The Netherlands and Germany in the US Armed forces during the late 80's and early 90's. For some reason that is a permanent disqualifier.
  12. barbu macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2013
    Donated for the seventh time last Saturday, and signed/mailed my organ donor card this week :)
    Reppin' Type O-
  13. Munchio macrumors newbie


    Apr 24, 2015
    I gave blood for the first time on the 26th April :) booked again for August
  14. tacomahunter macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2007
    Gave yesterday (Blood) and do so every 2 months. Up to 2 gallons now.
  15. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    I just did an Automated Red Cell donation back on March 31. I won't be eligible to donate again until July, unfortunately.
  16. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Tranquility Base, Moon
    Nothing unfortunate about it. There's no telling how many lives you've saved.

    Forum members can make our Honor Roll by telling us about a donation last month, a donation this month, the date of a donation appointment they have made for next month, or by telling us about a friend or relative whose donation they've encouraged, suggested, or facilitated. We want to say thanks in all of these cases!

    Thanks and congratulations to the many donors we've heard from so far.
  17. Mr. McMac, May 1, 2016
    Last edited: May 1, 2016

    Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I've been donating blood once every year since the late 1970's. It's one of the feel good moments for me. Plus, I like the cookies they give you
  18. savoirfaire, May 1, 2016
    Last edited: May 1, 2016

    savoirfaire macrumors 6502


    Nov 23, 2003
    New England
    I wouldn't call it permanent, just "indefinite". The concern is prion diseases (Mad Cow in cows and Creutzfeld-Jacob in humans which are thought to be closely related) which they are not able to test the blood supply for. The military bases in Germany and Netherlands during the 80s had their beef sourced from the UK which is where much of the Mad Cow/CJD has occurred, so to avoid transmitting it through transfusions, anyone who might have had substantial exposure to British beef is barred from donating for the forseeable future.

    Remember, men who have had sex with other men were once permanently banned from donating blood, but the CDC recently lifted that rule. They still require that at least a year has passed since last sexual contact with another man, but they don't care how many women you may have had sex with or whether you ever use protection, though. Having said that, thanks for your military service!
  19. T Coma macrumors 6502

    T Coma

    Dec 3, 2015
    MAGA Country, a.k.a. Chicago, IL
    Happily straight and donating blood for decades.

    I've been denied numerous times for various reasons including travel, medication, and diet, but I gladly defer to the actual medical professionals' decision.

    Bonus: my blood screening results include a free cholesterol report, among others. Cheap and easy way to keep tabs on an issue for many, including myself.

    Chalk up another pint - donated this morning.

  20. noh macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2016
    Thank you all for donating blood and signing up to be on the bone marrow registry!
    I was diagnosed with A.L.L. Leukemia 5 years ago this month. I have received THREE Bone Marrow (Stem cell) transplants from two different donors, and received more than 30 units of blood during my treatment. I am very thankful to all the donors that saved my life. You too can save a life! Also, if you are reluctant in signing up on the bone marrow registry, read up on the modern way to donate bone marrow. More than 90% of the matched donors only need to donate stem cells, a much easier process that does not require any drilling into bone. It is a process that is more similar to donating plasma. Fun fact, did you know that you can change blood types if your donor is a different type than you? I'm on my 3rd.

    Because of all of my donors, I have been cancer free for more than 3 years!
  21. ncbetz macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2016
    Texas, USA
    Thanks to everyone who donated! My cousin was born early, and had quite a few transfusions. She wouldn't have loved otherwise. Who know, maybe you were the one that saved her, so thanks.
  22. roboclint macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2011
    I'm actually donating a kidney to my Dad next Tuesday (the 10th). He's been on dialysis a little over a year but is doing really well, he turns 70 later this year. The hospital we're having the procedure done at (Baylor in Dallas) also told me back in September when I first visited them that I would have to lose 20 pounds before I could donate (I kind of expected this as I was at 230 at the time, a little heavy for me) and I've lost 40 since then. Definitely encourage everyone to consider blood and organ donation and be sure and take care of yourself as well!
  23. ClarkQ macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2007
    I would support the blood drive, but unfortunately I just donated on the 29th of April, and am not eligible again until 25 June, so I can't donate in your window. I do donate as often as I can (I'm O- and CMV-, so I'm pretty much the universal donor), but no credit with you I reckon. Sorry! I encourage all others to donate if possible, however.
  24. hofer macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2006
    --- Post Merged, May 2, 2016 ---
    Donated platelets and red blood cells on April 29.
  25. Humanosaurus macrumors newbie


    Oct 2, 2013
    I've been donating regularly since 1982. I gave last on April 7, and will be eligible again on June 2nd.

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