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MacRumors 2019 Blood Drive

MacRumors is pleased to announce our Tenth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2019. 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.

Over the past nine years, MacRumors Blood Drives have recorded donations of 544 units of blood, platelets, and plasma, and celebrated new signups for organ donor and bone marrow registries. We've heard from people whose lives were saved by blood, platelet, or bone marrow donations, including lives saved by complete strangers.


How to participate in the month of May


  1. If you are eligible, schedule a blood or platelet donation (see FAQ), at any donation center near you. Then post in the MacRumors 2019 Blood Drive! thread to tell us about it and to accept our thanks. Or tell us if you register as an organ donor and/or register for the bone marrow registry (see FAQ).
  2. If you aren't eligible to donate blood for reasons of age, health, 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 both belong on our Honor Roll. See our Blood donor eligibility thread for news about the deferral policies for gay men in different countries.
  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 generous acts on behalf of strangers.

From June 2019 to April 2020


In between MacRumors Blood Drives, join Team MacRumors and get credit for your interim donations in next year's drive. Anytime you donate, let us know, as follows:

  1. Go to our team page and click PLEDGE TO GIVE BLOOD. (Bookmark the page for the future.)
  2. Fill in your MacRumors username as your first name. Fill in @ macrumors as your last name.
  3. In the comments field, tell us what type of donation and how many units, e.g., 1 unit of whole blood, 2 units of platelets, etc.
  4. The email address and zip code fields don't matter. MacRumors won't use that information.

We look forward to another successful MacRumors Blood Drive. Thank you to our many donors over the last 9 years!





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11 weeks ago
Thank you to those who donate. Thank you so very, very much.

I can't donate - I'm a cancer survivior who's had the wrong kind of chemo - but blood donors saved my life. Twice.

I wouldn't be here without donors like you. Think about that - HOW WOULD I KNOW HOW MUCH SNAPPIER SAFARI HAS GOTTEN?

Seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Rating: 19 Votes
11 weeks ago
This sucks. I used to donate blood as much as possible in HS when I turned 18. I loved it. I felt like I could help in some small way to help those in need. But now that I am with my boyfriend, I can’t. It sucks and I hope we can in the future because we are two very willing donors. Please donate if you can guys, you never know who you’re helping. ❤️
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That is true. I cannot donate blood and neither can the CEO Apple. I am also married and monogamous.

I feel you there. My boyfriend and I have been together for years. Monogamous and (TMI) we both had our V cards when we first did the thing. We have been tested just out of an abundance of caution. I’d love to donate. Maybe some day.
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Thank you to those who donate. Thank you so very, very much.

I can't donate - I'm a cancer survivior who's had the wrong kind of chemo - but blood donors saved my life. Twice.

I wouldn't be here without donors like you. Think about that - HOW WOULD I KNOW HOW MUCH SNAPPIER SAFARI HAS GOTTEN?

Seriously, thank you, thank you, thank you.


Love it. ❤️
Rating: 10 Votes
11 weeks ago
A lot of MR readers, posters, community happen to be LGBT, and as of this year still, gay men are still banned from donating blood for up to one year after having same-sex relations.

Seems like a post like this misses the mark completely, unless you lie.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 weeks ago

A lot of MR readers, posters, community happen to be LGBT, and as of this year still, gay men are still banned from donating blood for up to one year after having same-sex relations.

Seems like a post like this misses the mark completely, unless you lie.

That is true. I cannot donate blood and neither can the CEO Apple. I am also married and monogamous.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 weeks ago



I'll be donating platelets here at work on June 11, 12pm. When I'm done with that, I'll setup a new appointment for the next go around. In my world, life trumps greed.


Thank you. My husband went in and had a procedure, but had a bad reaction to medications and lost several pints of blood. He had to get be transfused. I felt so helpless, because I'm not allowed to donate. People like you saved his life. And for that, I am truly grateful.
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago

I refuse to donate blood because of what's done with it. It's not given to people who need it, it's sold to them at prices way above reasonable cost for the cleaning and testing to verify its good and safe.


First of all, I'm already aware of this and it simply doesn't stop me from providing blood which is necessary to help people and in many cases save their lives. I'm not fond of executives being paid enormous amount of money, but that doesn't change the fact that people need blood. I read every single one of your articles and it changes nothing.

Second, guess what, the entire health industry in the US is filled with BS exactly like this. This is why our costs are so high. There's no way to avoid it other than never getting healthcare.

Third, and perhaps most important of all, if you don't think the middle man's "cost" is worth the convenience that they provide to you and to the hospital, then go to the hospital and donate directly.
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago
I refuse to donate blood because of what's done with it. It's not given to people who need it, it's sold to them at prices way above reasonable cost for the cleaning and testing to verify its good and safe. Your giving it away for free then those companies sell it to patients or throw it away. So next time you feel all warm and fuzzy after donating, just know it's a dark and hidden industry shrouded in secrecy and marketing campaigns making money off your good intentions.

Until blood that's donated with good intentions isn't sold at abhorrent profitable prices to the people who need it, COUNT ME OUT!

References for the doubters:
https://newsok.com/article/4985779/what-many-donors-dont-know-their-blood-is-sold

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-xpm-2014-08-02-os-florida-one-blood-itxm-scott-maxwell-20140802-story.html

http://www.allgov.com/news/where-is-the-money-going/selling-donated-blood-is-big-business-in-us-140709?news=853635

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2012/06/27/blood-money-the-guys-who-trade-your-blood-for-profit/

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2006/09/does-the-red-cross-sell-blood.html
Rating: 5 Votes
11 weeks ago

I refuse to donate blood because of what's done with it. It's not given to people who need it, it's sold to them at prices way above reasonable cost for the cleaning and testing to verify its good and safe. Your giving it away for free then those companies sell it to patients or throw it away. So next time you feel all warm and fuzzy after donating, just know it's a dark and hidden industry shrouded in secrecy and marketing campaigns making money off your good intentions.

Until blood that's donated with good intentions isn't sold at abhorrent profitable prices to the people who need it, COUNT ME OUT!

References for the doubters:
https://newsok.com/article/4985779/what-many-donors-dont-know-their-blood-is-sold

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-xpm-2014-08-02-os-florida-one-blood-itxm-scott-maxwell-20140802-story.html

http://www.allgov.com/news/where-is-the-money-going/selling-donated-blood-is-big-business-in-us-140709?news=853635

https://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2012/06/27/blood-money-the-guys-who-trade-your-blood-for-profit/

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2006/09/does-the-red-cross-sell-blood.html


It’s fair to ask questions about who owns the blood and whether any profiteering happens, but I doubt those links apply to countries outside the US, most of whom have free or heavily subsidised public hospitals. In Australia only the Australian Red Cross can collect blood, and they’re not a for-profit business as far as I’m aware.

It’s a peculiarly US thing. In the land devoted to a very pure form of capitalism, health is treated as any other product or service: with private ownership; free to be bought, sold and profiteered upon; and with the law of supply and demand dictating prices. Yet most Americans seem to want it to remain this way judging by how they vote.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 weeks ago

Until blood that's donated with good intentions isn't sold at abhorrent profitable prices to the people who need it, COUNT ME OUT!


Regardless of the validity of that point of view, you can't deny that blood is needed by people. If someone is getting rich from my blood, that sucks. If someone dies from a lack of blood I could have easily parted with, that's worse.

I'll be donating platelets here at work on June 11, 12pm. When I'm done with that, I'll setup a new appointment for the next go around. In my world, life trumps greed.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 weeks ago
If you donate at a hospital, blood and platelets are likely to be processed with minimal overhead, delay, and expense. Donated platelets last only 5 days, so the time required to process and distribute them is important.

Donating at a hospital also bypasses the middleman (blood collection centers). That presumably avoids the problem of centers that charge high fees and pay themselves handsomely.

The disadvantage of donating at a hospital is that the blood and platelets may stay in that hospital's blood bank even if there's already an adequate supply there, while some other hospital might be low. Perhaps they share, at least in their local communities, but I'm guessing that blood collection centers are better at the logistics of widespread blood distribution to where it's needed.

There's an overall imbalance between where donations are made and where blood is needed. For example, out of the 50 U.S. states, Alaska is in the Top 10 of blood donation centers per capita (source (https://247wallst.com/special-report/2019/01/17/states-where-its-easiest-to-donate-blood/)), but Alaska still has to obtain blood from the lower 48 states, as during last month's shortage (https://www.juneauempire.com/news/alaska-hospitals-have-critical-need-for-blood/). And there are plenty of other disparities among sections of the country.

The blood supply also fluctuates when there are holidays (fewer donors show up) and when there is a well-publicized disaster (people line up to donate). So it may be extra helpful to donate during the holidays and in between disasters, but I think it's best to simply mark your calendar to make donations at regular intervals.
Rating: 3 Votes

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