Donating Blood, A Life-Long Experience



St. Louis, MO
December 13, 2012
My first blood donation was in St. Louis, Missouri in 1978. I gave at a blood drive at work just weeks after graduating from college. I discovered there was nothing to be afraid of and continued giving at work a couple times a year as it was encouraged. A few years later, a group of co-workers and I drove to donation center after to work one evening to donate for another co-worker who was undergoing a medical treatment and needed blood. I also gave once at a hospital in a Western state where an infant nephew was hanging on to his life in a neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU). When donating,I often think of him and the other newborns I saw there. I also think of my late father who needed blood transfusions due to complications from open heart surgery in 2001. My wife, an RN, has worked in an NICU and encourages me to give blood regularly because of her experiences and the needs she has seen in the medical field. Over the years, I've donated at churches, schools, work, and local blood donation centers. My last donation was at a Red Cross blood drive in Arnold, Missouri. I always feel welcome and comfortable at the Red Cross facilities and enjoy the friendliness and efficiency of the staff. I've always given whole blood. After over 80 donations, I'm well on my way to reaching a personal goal of 100 donations by the age of 60. I would encourage everyone to give when they can if they are able. If you've never given, why not set a goal to give at least once in the near future. There's a good chance you or a family member will need the gift of life at some point! Thanks, Bill