Thursday, January 12, 2017


Have you ever donated blood? If not, let me ask you a few questions:

Have you ever secretly wanted to be a hero? You know, someone who can actually save the life of another.

Do you know someone who is currently, or has been in the hospital?

Do you have a free thirty minutes?
Do you know someone fighting cancer?

Do you have a friend or a loved one who has ever been involved in a traumatic accident?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you need to give blood. There are patients and accident victims counting on you and need your blood to help them live. They need you to be a hero. As an advocate of this cause, I encourage everyone to give blood TODAY. It only takes 30 minutes and the blood you give stays local. The best part is that your donation will make you, not just a hero, but a SUPER HERO!

On Monday, I gave blood at Johnston Memorial Hospital in the Blood Assurance donor center.  I signed in, they took my blood pressure, I filled out paperwork on the computer, they stuck me, and I gave a unit of blood (simple as that). That single unit of blood will go to help not just one person, but has the potential to save three lives.  Imagine that! The work of a Super Hero without even breaking a sweat!

You may be wondering why I am so persistent about this issue. Well, my oldest daughter was born prematurely. She required an infusion of red cells to help jump start her tiny body.  The hospital obtained those red cells from the blood bank.  After seeing the miracle of blood work in my own daughter, I became a donor.

In addition to premature births, blood is used for cancer patients, automobile and trauma patients, cardiovascular surgeries, burn victims, and patients undergoing organ and marrow transplants.  Thirty (30) minutes of your time is invaluable in the lives of others. In our country someone needs blood every two seconds. The sad part is that less than 10 percent of the eligible U.S. population donates annually, and there is no substitute for human blood. Nationally, one in seven people entering a hospital need blood; and women receive 53 percent of blood transfusions (largely related to complications during child birth).

You don't have to be Super Human to be a Super Hero. The good people at the Blood Assurance Blood Donation Center inside JMH are ready to collect your donation!  Healthy adults who are 16 years old and weigh at least 120 pounds are eligible to donate whole blood (Imagine that, a 120 pound Super Hero!). Now, I am not going to tell you that the process is pain free, but it is not nearly as bad as it used to be! A sample will be taken from your finger to determine your eligibility.  If you pass the initial test, you will get a stick in the arm to collect your sample (Yes, it hurts a little, but aren't you a Super Hero?  Superman stops bullets with his chest; surely you can take a stick in the arm).

Still not convinced? Let me give you a few more reasons to donate:

1. Snacks! You get free food to replenish nutrients lost in the process.
2. You will weigh less when you finish.
3. You can take a break from exercise and heavy lifting for a day or two after donating.
4. It is something that you can do on equal footing with the rich and famous - although most of them are too scared to donate.
5. You walk a little taller afterwards and you feel very good about yourself!
6. It is the right thing to do.

Please consider giving blood today. If not today, tomorrow.  Others are depending on you to be a hero for them. Who knows, I might need your blood to save me one day.

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