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Saving Lives Is in My Blood

I was lounging on the couch as a storm raged outside when a doctor from the New York Blood Center called. I panicked. Did my last donation turn up some fatal disorder? No. The doctor calmly said there was an urgent need for my blood, a perfect match for a sick 11-year-old girl.

Fifteen years earlier, when my dad was diagnosed with esophageal cancer at 69, I made a bargain with God. If dad survived, I swore to give back for that gift. When dad initially improved after chemo, radiation and surgery, I started volunteering. In my mid-40s I washed dishes at a soup kitchen, worked at the New York City Marathon and sporadically tutored music students.

But I found my calling…

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 Saving Lives Is in My Blood

I’d found a form of charity for which I was especially qualified. “You’re such a good bleeder,” one attendant told me. I enjoyed emails informing me that my blood had gone to patients at local hospitals or to Florida and Texas hurricane victims. Over time, instead of giving whole blood, the persuasive vampires hooked me to apheresis machines, which separate and extract platelets or plasma—as well as double red cells, called “power red.”

Give Blood UK

We guarantee to deliver blood, blood components, blood products and tissues from our 15 blood centres to anywhere in England and North Wales.


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Through Bloode’s online service, you can create, promote and satisfy real time, ongoing calls for blood, in order to save patients who need blood transfusion. You don’t have to be a blood donor to join Bloode, all you need to do is share the ongoing calls for blood, get informed about our actions and learn about blood donation. This is your chance to help and support our efforts, in order to save even more lives.


Incept is a conversational marketing firm that specializes in developing and strengthening relationships with your current and potential donors, on your behalf.


We are an international association representing individuals and institutions involved in activities related to transfusion and cellular therapies, including transplantation medicine.

America's Blood Centers

Through sophisticated animation and microscopy, the My Blood, Your Blood'' program captures the imagination of students of all ages and helps foster an interest in science. The program also emphasizes the value of community service through blood donation and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

American Red Cross

We all expect blood to be there for us, but barely a fraction of those who can give do. Yet sooner or later, virtually all of us will face a time of great vulnerability in which we will need blood. And that time is all too often unexpected.

American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation

The American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation is a national professional association that promotes advancement of the field of blood and bone marrow transplantation. ASBMT members are both in clinical practice and in research.

Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion

The Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion comprises members from diverse scientific, technical and medical backgrounds working within the areas of Blood Tranfusion and Transfusion Medicine within Australia and New Zealand.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

The vision of the ARCBS is to share life''s best gift by the provision of quality blood products, tissues and related services for the benefit of the community. Every year, thousands of people benefit from blood transfusions or blood products, resulting in many lives being saved.

British Blood Transfusion Society

To promote knowledge and advance understanding of all aspects of transfusion medicine for the public benefit.

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine

The Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine is a multidisciplinary society which promotes and supports the best practice in Transfusion Medicine in Canada through education, communication and partnerships.

International Committee of the Red Cross

an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.

International Society of Blood Transfusion

The International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) is a scientific society of world renown, founded in 1935 and bringing together professionals involved in blood transfusion and transfusion medicine from more than 85 countries.

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