MacRumors 2014 Blood Drive

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MacRumors is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2014. 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 or collection center, our blood drive is online and worldwide. Our past blood drives have collectively recorded donations of hundreds of units of blood and platelets.

We ask that you:

1. Donate blood or platelets at any donation center or hospital 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 2014 Blood Drive! thread. Tell us about your donation or registration experience, or post a post-donation selfie. We'd like to thank you.

3. Share the news and our message with other people you know, online and in person. Convince one other person to donate blood in the month of May. Help us thank the donors who post about their experiences.

For details see the MacRumors 2014 Blood Drive! thread and our traditional Honor Roll of recognized donors.

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. Donated blood and platelets are needed every 2 seconds, not just when hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters 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 match someone dying from a disease like leukemia. There are many thousands of people each year searching for donors to save their lives. You might be the one and only person who can save a particular patient's 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. There's no gift more precious than the gift of life.

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This year's first blood donor: forum member "stridemat"

What to do today

See the links and general information in our two knowledge base articles: Blood and Platelet Donation and Organ, Tissue, and Bone Marrow Donation. Donor eligibility rules vary by country.

1. If you are eligible to donate blood: Schedule a blood or platelet donation, in May if possible. Register for the bone marrow registry. Register as an organ donor.

2. If you aren't eligible to donate blood: Some people aren't eligible to donate blood for medical reasons, while others are barred by government policies that many find outdated. Speak your mind about it in the Blood donor eligibility thread. You can probably still register for the bone marrow registry and register as an organ donor.

3. Help our drive by thanking donors and convincing a friend or relative to donate blood.

Apple charity

Apple's support for charity has picked up in recent years. Apple has supported a number of health, relief, and charity efforts over the years, especially through Product (RED). See our updated knowledge base article: Apple Support for Charity.

Top Rated Comments

ColinInATL Avatar
112 months ago
Happy for the Cause, Sad for the Gays

I think it's great the MacRumors is participating in the cause of blood donation, but it reminds me once again that the FDA has banned all gay men from blood donation for the past almost three decades on the outdated belief that they are somehow protecting the blood supply. I know my HIV status better than most straight men, but it doesn't matter. They don't want my blood. Sigh. :(
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jesuscandle Avatar
112 months ago
Please give if you can.

Blood donors have saved my life - twice. So please, if you're thinking about donating, know that you are literally saving lives.

I'm not eligible to give, so I depend on the kindness of strangers. It really does make an incredible difference.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
calaverasgrande Avatar
112 months ago
I used to give blood regularly until I was in a car accident and NEEDED blood. They sure charge you a lot more than they pay for it!
Though that is more a byproduct of our top heavy and profit happy healthcare system than the blood drive people.

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I think it's great the MacRumors is participating in the cause of blood donation, but it reminds me once again that the FDA has banned all gay men from blood donation for the past almost three decades on the outdated belief that they are somehow protecting the blood supply. I know my HIV status better than most straight men, but it doesn't matter. They don't want my blood. Sigh. :(
I wasn't aware of that?!
If that is true I think I am going to attend the next company blood drive and 'register as gay' if there is a slot for that on the intake form, to see what they say.
I'm about as straight as straight gets but I'm horrified by ignorant homophobia. But then my parents are artists and I grew up around gay people. I find them about as remarkable as redheads or the left handed. Vilified by ignorant people, but normal otherwise.

jeez can we at least ACT like we are in the 21st century?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DudeDad Avatar
112 months ago
If you are not on a bone marrow registry, you should be. It only takes one to make a difference. I know this, because in 1991 I donated bone marrow to an unrelated leukemia patient. I met him a year later, along with his wife and 4-year old son. My donation allowed him to watch his son grow up, graduate college, and fall in love (the wedding is in June). He had an additional 22 years with his wife and son because I was on the registry. Oddly enough, this article was posted today, May 1. He passed away exactly a year ago today. He once said to me, when I asked him how he was doing, "I got to kiss my wife this morning and play catch with my son....it doesn't get any better than that."

Look into the registry...it can make all the difference in the world.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Klae17 Avatar
112 months ago
Sorry can't donate blood since I'm gay.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aduzik Avatar
112 months ago
I used to give blood regularly until I was in a car accident and NEEDED blood. They sure charge you a lot more than they pay for it!
Though that is more a byproduct of our top heavy and profit happy healthcare system than the blood drive people.

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I wasn't aware of that?!
If that is true I think I am going to attend the next company blood drive and 'register as gay' if there is a slot for that on the intake form, to see what they say.
I'm about as straight as straight gets but I'm horrified by ignorant homophobia. But then my parents are artists and I grew up around gay people. I find them about as remarkable as redheads or the left handed. Vilified by ignorant people, but normal otherwise.

jeez can we at least ACT like we are in the 21st century?

One of the questions they ask you is if you've ever had sex with a man. If you say yes, you are never allowed to donate blood. Like the OP said, I know my HIV status far better than most straight men.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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