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MacRumors 2013 Blood Drive

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MacRumors is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, running for the month of May 2013. Our goal is to increase the number of life-saving donations in real-world communities by encouraging everyone in our online community to step forward. While most blood drives are specific to a geographic location and a specific collection center, our blood drive is online and worldwide.

We ask that you:

1. Donate blood or platelets at any hospital or other donation center near you. Join the bone marrow registry in your country. Sign up for the organ donor registry in your state, province, or country.

2. Post in the MacRumors 2013 Blood Drive! thread. Show us your bandage/plaster after donating blood or tell us your story of registering as a bone marrow or organ donor. Let us thank you and help us thank other users who donate and/or register.

3. Share the message with other people you know.

For details see the MacRumors 2013 Blood Drive! thread.

Why donate blood or platelets?

Donated blood and platelets save the lives of people recovering from accidents, undergoing surgery, or struck by illness. These are people in your own neighborhoods who need your help to recover. Donated blood and platelets are needed every 2 seconds, not just when calamities such as hurricanes and earthquakes occur. An hour of your time could save up to 3 lives.

Why join the bone marrow registry?

With a simple cheek swab you are volunteering to donate stem cells or bone marrow if you turn out to match someone dying from a disease like leukemia. You might be the only person who matches them and can save their life.

Why join the organ donor registry?

Thousands of people die every year while waiting for organ transplants. Your donation of organs when your own life ends could save the lives of as many as 8 people.

The lives you save may belong to your friends, neighbors, relatives, or complete strangers. Someday you may receive the same generosity from others. A number of MacRumors members have already told us that the life of a loved one, or their own life, was saved by the donations of strangers. There's no gift more precious than the gift of life.

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This year's first blood donor: forum member "ComeAgain?"

Donor eligibility requirements vary by country. We provide links and general information in our guides to Blood and Platelet Donation and Organ, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation.

If you are eligible, please schedule a blood or platelet donation, register for the bone marrow registry, and register as an organ donor in the month of May. If you aren't eligible to donate blood, we still ask for your support in encouraging others to donate and thanking those who do, and we suggest that you check if you are eligible for the bone marrow and organ donor registries. If you think the blood donor eligibility rules in your country are unfair and discriminatory, speak up in the Blood donor eligibility discussion thread.

Apple has supported a number of health, relief, and charity efforts over the years, even though Steve Jobs was not known for personal philanthropy. See our new guide to Apple Support for Charity.

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21 months ago
As soon as gays are allowed to donate, count me in.
Rating: 17 Votes
21 months ago
I donated last week, does that count?
Rating: 7 Votes
21 months ago
Let me ask if one of my straight, frat boy friends who has drunken bareback sex with girls tens of dozens of times a year can donate for me. I am unfortunately gay, only have safe sex and remain STD free therefore I don't qualify.
Rating: 5 Votes
21 months ago
Huh! My friend is a Jehoviahs Witness, and he just had quite a talk about donating blood. Apparently it's a mortal sin, because some essence of your spirit is in your blood, and certain ancient scriptures say it should not be tampered with. ...also, there are many examples of people who received blood from someone else and were never the same afterward, and took on negative personality traits of the donor. ! The things I never knew... & medical science either...

I'm off to get some cookies with the rest of you sinners!
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago

I donated last week, does that count?

It does if you post about it in the MacRumors 2013 Blood Drive! thread.

And whether or not it counts in our drive, it sure counts as a good deed!
Rating: 3 Votes
21 months ago
Can gay people donate yet?
Rating: 3 Votes
21 months ago

You know... The best health care is bloodless or seeks to stop blood loss as a highest priority.


Well...yeah. Even mediocre healthcare prioritizes preventing blood loss due to severe trauma, but even the best in the world can't get an ambulance to the scene of an accident the moment it happens. If you've got a bunch of people involved in a particularly messy car crash that's resulted in a few deep wounds, you can't just vacuum up their old blood off the ground and put it back in them. You're gonna need a fresh supply immediately on hand.
Rating: 3 Votes
21 months ago
Receiving platelets on a regular basis kept my mom alive for a couple of years after being diagnosed with a rare blood disease called myleofibrosis. She ultimately succumbed to the disease, but those blood and platelet transfusions were essential in helping her quality of life during her last years on this planet.

This stuff matters, and I always encourage folks to donate. When you stop to think about it, it really is crazy how something so simple and quick can impact the life of a total stranger in a positive light.

Kudos MacRumors.
Rating: 2 Votes
21 months ago

Obligatory Arn is a doctor post before someone whines about this not being Mac related.....


Phew..Glad to hear that...

Otherwise I would have thought the "Blood Drive" was a new tech release to replace all HD, SSD and Fusion Drives.... ;)
Rating: 2 Votes
21 months ago
I just gave my 83rd pint on Monday, the 29th. Don't have a bandage to show, but I'll show the new donation pins I got from the Blood Bank of Hawaii, gallons 1 - 6.

So long ago I can't remember when, I signed up for both the Bone Marrow Registry and as an organ donor. Count me in on your blood drive!

And, thanks for spreading the good word about donations. A minority of people donate most of the blood. If more new donors got started and became lifelong donors, many lives could be saved. Every time I give, it feels great because that pint could save someone's life. One day, it may be your own or a loved one's life at stake. It may hurt a little, but it'll feel so good afterwards.
Rating: 2 Votes

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