I’d like to say that donating blood is a selfless act but that’s not entirely true. My real incentive is to get into the Guinness World Book of Records as the World’s Largest Blood Donor. With 6 pints donated thus far, I have a ways to go.
In the meantime, however, perhaps it can help me achieve another thing on my 101 Things to Do Before You Die list: #68 Save Someone’s Life. The Red Cross likes to say that every pint of blood can save 3 lives. There’s no way to know if any of my blood has saved a life, but I’ve arbitrarily said that after donating 4 gallons, it’s probably safe to say that I’ve saved a life somewhere along the way (if someone wants to actually run the numbers, I’d be glad to find out the likelihood of my blood actually saving someone’s life).
To increase my chances of marking off #68, I’m signing up for other ways to save a life.
I just signed up this week to Donate Bone Marrow. There is usually a cost associated with registering with the bone marrow donation database (When you sign up, you are sent a kit to do cheek swabs and then return. The $100 pays for the processing of this information into the database). However, for the month of February, Nordstrom is generously covering the $100 cost of adding a new member to the registry. It’s really a campaign to get more minorities into the registry, as those are of a higher need, but I took advantage anyway and joined for free. You should too. http://www.marrow.org/JOIN/index.html?src=tabjoin
And when the time comes, I’m also interested in donating cord blood. After all, I won’t be using it; I don’t see why it shouldn’t go to help someone else.
I say most of this to be silly. While I have my own goals, I’m primarily motivated to help my fellow man. Having worked in non-profit land for much of my adult life, I typically have little interest in volunteering on my own time. At least this way, I can actually participate in the common good.
Do you donate blood regularly? Are you in the Bone Marrow registry? What are your thoughts about cord blood donations?