This is something that I have been meaning to write about for a while, but with yesterday’s 35W bridge tragedy right by my abode (we heard the bridge collapse), it has come to the forefront.
Please, please, please, consider being a blood donor. During the summer especially, blood donations are low, and the blood banks supply reach critically low levels. Memorial Blood Centers has been running spots on MPR recently about the blood shortage, and with yesterday’s tragedy, lots more people are going to be needing blood and blood products.
On a personal level, most of you know that yesterday I started my first infusion treatment for my Hereditary Angioedema (HAE). It is thanks to folks that go out and donate their blood and plasma that I will hopefully be able to lead a more normal life.
You can call Memorial Blood Centers at 1-888-GIVE-BLD to make an appointment if you are in the Twin Cities area, or find a local blood donation spot at AmericasBlood.org. If you would prefer to donate plasma, you can check out BioLifePlasma.com for a donation location near you.
Remember that blood and plasma donation is needed not only at this time, but all the time, and remember to be a regular donor. I and other recipients thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us – literally – our life’s blood.