Blood donations are always needed, but do you know what your donation can do for someone? The Blood Center of Wisconsin is always in need of blood donations. For years I never understood myself the importance of donating blood until I had a three-level spinal fusion and had to have two units transfused. I was able to store blood prior to surgery so I was given my own blood. But what about others whose surgeries or health do not allow this? For about an hour of your time, you can make a positive influence upon three lives. Without volunteer donations the blood supply for trauma victims, cancer patients, children living with sickle cell anemia and those with clotting disorders would be without the life sustaining power of blood. The steps to donating are simple. You can visit the Blood Drive on campus on Feb. 24, or the one on April 28 from 9AM – 2PM. Simply bring photo identification, be in general good health and have some time to spare. You may never meet a person whose life you have changed, but you will know that each time you donate you are making a huge difference in the lives of those who depend upon the blood of others to live. Since my surgery in 2010, I do my best to make regular donations and have reached a milestone of having donated over a gallon of blood. Please donate generously when it comes to giving blood now and in the future. You never know what the future may hold, but I know that I will donate until I cannot due to an unforeseen circumstance.
Article by Kari Tower-Sevick