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MacRumors 2017 Blood Drive

MacRumors is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2017. Our goal is to save lives by increasing the number of life-saving blood and platelet donations. While most blood drives are specific to a geographic location, our blood drive is online and worldwide. MacRumors routinely reports on Apple's support for charity, as summarized in our Help Center, and the MacRumors Blood Drive is our own community effort.

Over the past 7 years, the MacRumors Blood Drives have recorded donations of 381 units of blood, platelets, and plasma, and noted new signups for the organ donor and bone marrow registries. We've heard from many forum members whose lives were affected by blood, platelet, or bone marrow donations.


How to participate


1. If you are eligible, schedule a blood or platelet donation (see FAQ), in May if possible, at any donation center near you. Register for the bone marrow registry in your country and/or register as an organ donor in your state, province, or country (see FAQ). Then post in the MacRumors 2017 Blood Drive! thread to tell us about it and to accept our thanks.

2. If you aren't eligible to donate blood for reasons of health, age, height/weight, a recent donation, or because you are deferred as a donor, please encourage someone else to make a donation, and let us know. If they donate, you belong on our Honor Roll! If you are a sexually active gay man deferred from donating, join our Blood donor eligibility discussion, with its debate over deferrals based on sexual orientation but not on monogamy.

3. Share our message and help this cause by convincing friends and relatives to participate as well. The Honor Roll lists this year's donors. Please congratulate them for their altruistic acts to help strangers.



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32 months ago
The article mentions bone marrow registries....if you are not on one, please think about it. I joined one in 1989 after being tested for a local girl. In 1991, I matched someone and donated in October 1991. My recipient lived nearly 22 more years, getting to see his son grow up, graduate college, get a job, fall in love, and get engaged.

It only takes one to make a difference. Please consider it. If you have any questions about the process, message me.
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32 months ago

Save lives.

And as someone who has been helped by blood donors, I say to those who don't, time to change your life perhaps?

Because I've had Chemo for my Leukaemia I can't donate any longer but I did give 25 pints over the years.
My illness needed more than that in terms of transfusions to keep me going while my immunse system rebooted itself.

So go on, give some blood and save a life.
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Sorry if this is a dumb question, but what's the reason for that exclusion?

Probably think we still have a mad cow disease epidemic (which we didn't) or something equally as silly.
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32 months ago
To all of the past donors, THANK YOU!

You saved my son's life, and as a T1 Diabetic, I thought I could not donate blood. I was wrong. Now, I donate when i am up for it, and say a prayer of gratitude for those that did before I did.

He lost approximately 2l of blood (surgeon's report) from a ruptured spleen that he decided to "take a nap", and was near death when his mom got him to the hospital. He went into emergency surgery, had his spleen removed, and has made a full recovery.

As a political aside, at that time (actually always) I did not care whether the people that donated the blood were black, white, woman, man, gay, straight, married, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Chinese, Mexican, or any other factor. All I care about is if the blood is clean. Clean and available for my son. I am grateful it was. So, again, thank you.

Again, thank you.
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To be fair you only need a piece of medical cotton and squeeze for a minute then go home without thinking that you did something great, because you haven't.

Respectfully, if you have donated anything, I think you did something great.
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32 months ago
Jeez, did you guys give blood or have a hand removed? Looks like tourniquets on your arm..
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32 months ago

The article mentions bone marrow registries....if you are not on one, please think about it. I joined one in 1989 after being tested for a local girl. In 1991, I matched someone and donated in October 1991. My recipient lived nearly 22 more years, getting to see his son grow up, graduate college, get a job, fall in love, and get engaged.

It only takes one to make a difference. Please consider it. If you have any questions about the process, message me.


Thank you, for registering, for donating your bone marrow and for posting. A BMT transplant saved my life two years ago!
Rating: 2 Votes
32 months ago

In the United States, I am banned from donating blood because I am gay.


Which is crazy. I have a gay friend who donates regularly. He's been in a monogamous relationship for the last 25 years, so why can't he?
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32 months ago
Damn my stupid penchant for being heterosexually-impaired!
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32 months ago

Dumb question but I thought donated blood doesn't last very long? If so, isn't a lot of this going to go to waste?

I remember seeing somewhere it's better to donate during a disaster/when it's needed.


I copied this from the web site of our local blood bank.


One pint of blood can be separated into three primary components which can help up to several people in need:

1. Red Blood Cells - carry oxygen to the body's organ and tissues. These cells are needed for accident victims and surgery patients. They can be refrigerated and stored for only up to 42 days.

2. Plasma - is 90 percent water, makes up to 55 percent of blood volume and is needed for organ, burn and shock patients. Plasma can be frozen and stored up to one year.

3. Platelets - are an essential factor in blood clotting and give patients with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live. These can be stored at room temperature no longer than 5 days.

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32 months ago
In the United States, I am banned from donating blood because I am gay.
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32 months ago
The MacRumors Blood Drive tradition began in 2010, based on a suggestion by forum member [USER=19400]@Shaun.P[/USER].

Thanks, Shaun!
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