Every 2 seconds, someone in America needs a lifesaving blood transfusion. So, in the time it took you to read that sentence, someone desperately needed the gift of life. The American Red Cross says your donation is needed now more than ever.
Darien Times reports that the American Red Cross struggles to meet demand around this time of year. It’s because Americans become distracted by the holidays. We focus on shopping, cooking, and vacations. But, when it comes to donating blood, it falls last on our list.
That’s why the Red Cross wants to spread the word now, so they can offset the oncoming shortage. And, by doing that, they want to share the story of Mike Healey.
Healey’s son came into the world too soon and spent 49 days in the NICU fighting for his life. Healey’s son only weighed 3 pounds and immediately needed blood to survive.
Healey says his son is now a 10-year-old little league star. But, the memories of his first day of life remains:
“I gave blood the next day and have done it 56 times since then. I will never forget whoever selflessly gave blood for my son.”
More than just those with life-threatening injuries need blood, recipients range from premature infants to cancer patients.
Although many Americans support giving the gift of life, about 1 third of eligible donors give blood.
As someone with O- blood, I knew I had to donate after the Red Cross issued a massive call to action following an intense summer shortage. Even though it was the first time I donated blood, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. Going in, I was so nervous and afraid because my mind kept conjuring up all those “worst case scenarios.”
It took me about 10 minutes in all to fill a bag. The volunteers asked me to squeeze a ball every 5 seconds, which was probably the most boring part. But, a few months later, the Red Cross sent me a card saying they used my blood to save someone’s life at Hartford Hospital. Hands down, that’s the coolest thing I ever received in the mail.
Donating blood was easy and quick. Most of all, it was actually kind of fun. I knew the importance of what I was doing and, during the process of donating, thought to myself, “Why didn’t I do this before?”
I always had an excuse, which paled in comparison to how I felt after donating blood for the first time. The only way I can accurately describe it is “euphoric.”
Plus, they let me snack on free oreo’s after I finished. So, that was pretty sweet. Pun intended.
But, I will donate again especially now that I know when my donation matters most.
A donor can save anywhere between 3 to 10 lives per donation. Because Healey donated 56 times in the name of his son, it’s possible he saved 560 lives over the past 10 years.
So, if you wish to help save a life, schedule your blood donation by clicking HERE or by calling calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).