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Donating Blood to Remember Loved Ones

For many donors, giving blood is not just a nice thing to do — it’s something they know can directly impact the lives of people because of firsthand experiences they’ve had with loved ones. Jason Alva is one of those donors.

Jay gives blood because of his uncle, who went through a number of operations throughout his life and received blood transfusions toward the end of his life. Jay and his uncle were very close, and donating on a consistent basis is something he does to remember his uncle.

“I like donating blood,” he said. “It helps me to think I’m doing something constructive, besides worrying or feeling sad. I’d rather do something to share, to help.”

There are so many personal reasons people become regular blood donors — honoring a loved one, marking a milestone, personal health and wellness. Whatever your reason, local patients are grateful for your irreplaceable gift of life.