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 of why you give blood.

When web content specialist Jennifer Ciattei was 18 years old, her father told her that he was proud that she’d reached the age when she could give blood. Years later, he was suffering from lung cancer and in need of blood himself. Upon entering his hospital room, she noticed bags of blood, each with a sticker that said “volunteer donor.” Because of that blood, her dad survived that event. Every time she gives blood, she thinks of his smiling face and the fact that she might be giving someone the opportunity to spend more days with a loved one.

Comment below with your story.

Ready to give? Make an appointment for  one of the upcoming drives. View the 2014 blood drive schedule and make an appointment for one of the future drives at  hopkinsmedicine.org/human_resources/news_events/blood_drives.html. Upcoming drives at the East Baltimore Campus are Jan. 21, Feb. 11 & 12 and March 31.

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