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Blood Donation Stories: Taylor and Larisa Give Back Together

Donating blood for the first time? Bring a friend and donate together.

Taylor and Larisa do what they can to give back. As a couple, they dedicate time to different nonprofits to help the local community. One weekend they may do a beach cleanup and the next weekend, donate bloodtogether.

In the photo, it was Larisa’s very first time donating. She donned her “First-Time Donor” sticker with pride as she followed Taylor, her fiancé (and donor buddy), through the process. She mentioned that joining Taylor in donating made her feel less scared about trying it. Having a donor buddy really made the process quick and easy. 

Taylor donated a double red which is two units of red blood cells. The red blood cells (or RBCs) are collected through a process called apheresis. Double reds are collected when whole blood is drawn, spun and separated and the RBCs are collected into two separate bags. The plasma and platelets are returned to him. This type of donation takes a little bit longer, but Taylor didn’t mind. Saving lives is what he was there to do.

Larisa felt great after her first donation with a renewed sense of purpose. They both enjoyed the post-donation free snacks in the canteen and laughed about whether they wanted salty or sweet. Together, they each walked away with the feeling of changing a life of someone in San Diego. And all in a Saturday afternoon. 

Join Taylor and Larisa in saving lives. Make an appointment to donate blood today. Click here to find a location near you in San Diego or Orange County or call (619) 400-8251.

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Get to know Taylor and Larisa. Click here to watch a video featuring Taylor and Larisa on San Diego Blood Bank's YouTube Channel.