. I have been told my whole life that couldn’t donate blood. Now at the age of 46, I realized I had no clue why. Earlier in the year, my mother took a fall, shattering her hip and breaking her leg in three places. Both of the injuries required surgery. And during two of the surgeries, she … Continue reading Why I Donate Blood: Crystal Mounsey
Blood is a precious resource but has a limited shelf life. With blood donations slowing down during the holiday season, maintaining an adequate blood supply becomes even more critical in helping yield life-saving blood products for surgical procedures, traumatic injuries, and chronic illnesses.
Kathleen Lappe's brother was only eight years old when he was diagnosed with a staph infection and as a result had to go undergo several major operations. This harrowing experience of watching her baby brother spend many weeks in the hospital to get blood transfusions became Kathleen's motivation to becoming a blood donor.
By Charvee Sharma, American Red Cross Volunteer A little competition is always healthy, more so when it involves saving lives! And that’s the spirit behind Janet Spangle’s pursuit to donate blood. As a young child, Janet grew up watching her firefighter dad accomplish the 50-gallon mark, an achievement only a few donors across the US … Continue reading Why I donate blood: Janet Spangle
Jesseica Elliott, of LaCenter Washington, recently donated blood with the American Red Cross and encourages others to do the same. What motivated her? Read on. "I love helping people. Knowing how crucial my blood type is in emergency settings, my heart just guided me right up to that big red and white bus. In a … Continue reading Why I donate: Jesseica Elliott
Tim Jennings is a Registered Nurse at Yakima Valley Memorial (rockin' his scrubs, we might add!). He recently donated blood at an American Red Cross blood drive in Kittitas County. As a medical worker, he has first-hand knowledge of how blood products make a difference in the lives of people in need. Which is why … Continue reading Why I donate blood: Tim Jennings
Jacqui Callinan was listening to Seattle, WA-based radio station, KEXP, when she heard a public service announcement about the need for blood. So did every other listener that day, but not everyone took action. Why did Jacqui? Here's what she had to say: Jacqui Callinan made an appointment to donate blood after hearing an appeal … Continue reading Why I donate blood: Jacqui Callinan
Thinking about donating blood? Here's what Arlington, WA resident Naomi Glover had to say after a recent experience. What motivated you to donate blood? "My mom. Just seeing how excited she was when she would come home after donating was inspiring."What advice would you give other potential donors?"Just Do It. It seems like such a … Continue reading Why I donate blood: Naomi Glover
“I want to pay it forward. Blood is precious,” Rick Dunbar of Ocean Park, WA concluded after he finished detailing the harrowing experience he had back in 2000. It's what inspired him to become an avid blood donor. Close to 22 years ago, Rick, a now-retired IT specialist, went through a 5-way coronary artery bypass … Continue reading Once a recipient, Rick Dunbar now routinely donates blood
“The fact that you are helping someone have a better quality of life is so rewarding,” said Carol. One act of donating can help with someone’s ongoing treatment or play a critical role in saving their life.