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"It takes one person three years to donate what [my son] received in two weeks."
"I just never thought about donating blood again until this happened to me. This really does save lives—it saved mine."
"I have a rare blood type—O negative. Giving blood is a way to give back to society."
"I feel that God has given me a gift that I need to share—he's using me as an instrument to pass on the platelets and blood products."
“Take a look at your family and friends that are around you and imagine that in an hour they need blood. If you’re willing to give, you know, your family and friends a pint of blood, what about somebody else?”
Heard an urgent call for blood on the news and started donating. Now she's a regular platelet donor.
"You don't have to be a doctor or a paramedic to keep someone alive or feeling their best."
"You get to actually know the collections staff—that makes it a very pleasant experience."
"They said, 'We need your blood for preemies (premature babies).' I said, 'Take it all.'"
One simple request and John started donating blood. Three decades later and he's at 135 gallons.
"I was asked to donate for a baby back in my hometown of Chicago. I've been donating since then."