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Donate blood on 10th February 2016

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Ric Martin, the “Walking Talking Platelet Factory”

I first began donating whole blood when I turned 21 in 1973 with the American Red Cross and I gave about two gallons of whole blood there before I started donating with the local agency, Inova, in ‘76. Back then Inova’s operation was a tiny room in the basement of Fairfax Hospital. I remember that the room was rather small and anyone over 5’10“ would have to crunch up a little to allow the phlebotomist to squeeze past the beds.

It makes me very proud; we have been able to bond over the experience. I get to see her every time she donates and I can see her doing the math in her head of what/when she “thinks” she could over take my record.


Social Awareness

One single donation can be split into three separate parts, helping save or improve the lives of patients. Just three teaspoons of blood can save the life of a premature baby. If you donate blood, you can help in saving lives of many patients.

It is a good idea to check the safety and hygiene standards of the local camps before you sign up. “Make sure that the vials and syringes being used are new and they are not reusing their syringes,” The attendants and doctors should be wearing gloves while handling the blood and should dispose of syringes and testing plates immediately after use.



The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.

More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.

Healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days.

If you began donating blood at age 18 and donated every 90 days until you reached 60, you would have donated 30 gallons of blood, potentially helping save more than 500 lives!



Blood donation will take a lot of time.

People with infections, high cholesterol, diabetes or hypertension cannot donate blood.

I have already donated blood once this year, I can’t donate again

If I donate blood I am susceptible to contract diseases like HIV

I suffer from diabetes, I cannot donate blood



I'm too young or too old.

If I donate blood I am susceptible to contact diseases like HIV.

I suffer from diabetes, I cannot donate blood.

I will gain weight by donating blood.


Country requires 5 crore units of blood every year.
And only 80 lakh units are donated in a year.

Every 2 seconds someone needs blood.

There is no substitute for human blood.


A day should come when the necessity of such camps end.

The quantity of donated blood must rise to 5 crore units from meagre 80 lakh.

Thalassemia patients should stop worrying about their type of blood.