I never gave blood. I didn’t have a “good” excuse and couldn’t think of a reason to donate in the past–it just didn’t happen for me. Thankfully, there were people who made it a part of their lives to donate blood. On April 19th, 2013, I would not have survived without blood supplies and transfusions. The heroes who came out after the Boston Marathon bombings to donate truly helped save my life.
After I made it out of the hospital, I connected with the American Red Cross and began a new mission: to help save lives through blood donation. It’s been one of the most fulfilling things I have done in my entire life. It’s a way I can thank people across the world for their selfless acts.
Here are some other things I’ve learned over the last three years while partnering with the Red Cross:
* Blood is always in need
* Donating blood doesn’t cost anything
* You can make a difference in someone’s life
* The needle doesn’t hurt that bad!
* Did I mention that it saved my life?
If you’re afraid, it’s ok. If you can’t give blood, encourage others to do so. Host a drive, connect with the community, and do something positive. You never know when your own time of need will be.