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Doctor Q

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The Ninth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive runs for the month of May 2018. We ask you to donate blood and platelets this month, register as an organ donor, and/or register for the bone marrow registry. We especially welcome first-time donors. Remember that every donor was once a first-time donor.

Your blood or platelet donation will help other people survive or recover from injury, surgery, or illness. Your registration as a potential organ or bone marrow donor gives you the potential to preserve the life of someone who suffers organ failure or cure someone of a life-threatening disease.

We hope to add many new donations to the results from our eight previous Blood Drives, which have collectively recorded donations of 470 units of blood, platelets, and plasma, as well as new members of organ donor and bone marrow registries. See the MacRumors Blood Drives FAQ for details.

How to participate in the MacRumors Blood Drive:

1. Donate blood or platelets. Register as an organ donor. Register as a bone marrow donor.

Since we're in cyberspace we don't collect blood ourselves. Donate blood or platelets at any donation center in your area. Pick a day when you can spare an hour or two, and make an appointment. See the Blood and Platelet Donation FAQ for details and donor centers by country.

Registering as an organ donor is easy. Depending on your country, you may be able to register online by filling out a form. You may be asked to sign a donor card or put a sticker on your driver's license. 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! See the Organ, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation page for details and donor programs by country.

Not everyone is eligible to donate blood. There are restrictions on age, weight, donation frequency, health conditions, etc. See the Blood donor eligibility thread for discussions of the donor restrictions on sexually active gay males and news about the change this year in the U.K. policy. Please support our drive whether or not you can donate blood yourself.
2. Let us know about it

The reward for donating or registering is personal satisfaction from helping others. 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 an organ donor or a bone marrow 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. If you donated in April, please post to let us know.
3. Spread the word
  • 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 and you'll both join our Honor Roll.

  • Edit your forum signature and paste in this line:

    :) I support the MacRumors Blood Drive! :)

  • Download this image, then use it to set your avatar:

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Doctor Q

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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!

  • skinuca: platelet donation (3 units)

  • Timelordprime: platelet donation (2 units)

  • PJM83: blood donation

  • burnhamish: blood donation

  • hallux: blood donation

  • brinary001: blood donation

  • Darien Red Sox: blood donation

  • iSkippy: blood donation

  • Slade Mahoney: blood donation

  • Jonosumner: blood donation

  • Timelordprime: platelet donation (2 units)

  • fischersd: blood donation

  • barbu: blood donation

  • JamesMike's English teammates: 4 blood donations

  • JamesMike's US teammates: 5 blood donations

  • bunnspecial: platelet donation (3 units)

  • JamesMike's friends: 2 blood donations

  • Linda: platelet donation

  • Humanosaurus: blood donation

  • Venron: blood donation (2 units)

  • FloatingBones: blood donation

  • lehrblogger: plasma donation

  • bunnspecial: platelet donation (3 units)

  • Linda: platelet donation

  • JamesMike's North Carolina teammates: 8 blood donations

  • JamesMike's Montana teammates: 9 blood donations

  • Doctor Q: blood donation

  • bunnspecial: platelet donation (3 units)

  • Olifant: blood donation

  • JamesMike's British teammates: 6 blood donations

  • hallux: blood donation

  • bunnspecial: platelet donation (3 units)

  • stridemat: blood donation


Blood donations: 52 units
Platelet donations: 21 units
plasma donations: 1 unit
Donation to the Red Cross: $250

Total units: 74
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macrumors 68040
Apr 25, 2012
Donated whole blood on April 12. I was on the fence as I prefer to just donate at work to stay on the schedule there but missed the last 2 rounds due to illness and a vacation. I decided to just do it when a local TV station was doing a drive.

Doctor Q

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Congratulations to our donors so far: skinuca, Timelordprime, PJM83, burnhamish, hallux, brinary001, Darien Red Sox, iSkippy, Slade Mahoney, and Jonosumner.

In almost all cases, the people who received your blood and platelets can't thank you because they don't know who you are. Please permit us to thank you on their behalf.


macrumors 604
May 3, 2014
Triple of platelets this afternoon.

I was hesitant to post anything in anticipation of going as my last two trips(November and February) have resulted in infiltrations that knocked me out of donating a while...although at least they managed to get one unit before things went haywire back in February.

In any case, I've been a regular at this same Red Cross location for about 3 years know, and have come to know the staff fairly well. About a year and a half ago, I had two infiltrations in a row with the same nurse, so we've had some fun banter going in the time since that she's not allowed to touch me :) . I walked in, she greeted me, and said "do you feel lucky today?" After some joking around, she managed one of the most seamless donations I've had(and so far not even a trace of a bruise). As she said, the curse is broken :)

I have to say that the staff at the donation center where I go is absolutely wonderful all around-I'd just had a weird series of coincidences with this one nurse, and we've fortunately been able to joke about it since it happened.


macrumors 65816
Jul 19, 2006
Donated May 10. Staffer doing health interview had an Apple Watch -- but measured pulse rate by hand. :)

I booked my appointment with the Red Cross iOS app so I could track donation with the "My Blood Journey" feature. The blood is in storage now.

Doctor Q

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Staff member
Triple of platelets this afternoon.

Going to squeeze one more in next week(and maybe the week after-I may or may not space them out by a week if it counts for the drive :) )
You are very dedicated! My friend Linda donated platelets again today, so congratulations to both of you.

I suggest that you donate on your regular schedule. As long as you tell us (in May) of the date of a scheduled donation in June, it counts for our purposes.


macrumors 68030
Jan 31, 2015
MacRumors Community,

I can’t donate myself, so you fellow members have to donate for me!
I am unfortunately ineligible because I received blood transfusions for the treatment of leukemia when I was 4-5 years old. But I am here today, healthy, more than two decades later because of the altruism of people like you!

Thank you to all who have taken the time to donate! Please know your time, generosity, and compassion truly does make a difference.

- AG

P.S. As I cannot donate, in leu of blood I am pledging a $250.00 donation to the American Red Cross for the fantastic, life saving work they do.

Thank you to @Doctor Q for keeping our annual blood drive alive and well! Fantastic work!

Extra special thanks to the type A+ crowd out there. :D
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