Question of the Week: Why Do You Give Blood?

All donors have a reason for giving. Perhaps your parents were blood donors and inspired you to carry on their tradition, maybe you knew someone in need and decided to make a life-saving donation, or maybe someone helped you when you needed blood. In honor of National Volunteer Blood Donor month, we invite you to share your stories on this week's Question of the Week of why you give blood.

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Rossy February 11, 2014 at 7:11 am

Because I think that give blood I would save a life.

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Nancy January 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I have been donating blood regularly for over 40 years. I do this because I feel that we, who are healthy, have an obligation to give back. It's such an easy gift to give and often the gift of life, with really very little effort. My hope is that if someone I love needs blood, it will be there for them. This is only true if many of us donate. The good feelings I get from donating far outweigh any minor and very brief discomfort.

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needle hater January 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

I have never given blood because I (1) have never received blood or blood products and (2) I have a terrible fear of large needles. I would like to pay it forward, as it were, by donating to someone I don't know but my fear has potently kept me away. If I ever received blood, I would make myself replace it, however.

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Nachelle January 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

I started out in the 90's giving blood because I always want to help people. I am also a registered organ donor. In 2012, my son fell very sick and required a couple of blood transfusions. Now when I give blood I think about how someone saved my son. I ask for the blue tag so that I can help out individuals that have sickle cell anemia. My donation has a deeper meaning for me and my family.

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Phoebe Bacon January 17, 2014 at 7:24 am

After fighting her diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer for 14 years, one of my younger sisters died in 2004. While she was sick, and to this day, I regularly gave blood. It is a short-lived moment in time where I feel useful in the battle to heal. If my body permitted, I would give on a weekly basis! My next appointment: January 21st.

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Brenda January 17, 2014 at 6:53 am

I was born jaundice and I needed to be tranfused. I'm a live because someone donated blood for me. So now I pay it forward and give to help someone else. I'm thankful everyday for those who donate. I donate atleast two to three times a year.

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