As a nurse with years of experience, I could lecture all day about the importance of donating blood. But the most important lesson I learned about blood donation came in my experience as a mother. In 1995, my 8-year-old son was diagnosed with childhood cancer. His first blood transfusion was needed on April 19. The Oklahoma City bombing that morning delayed his transfusion because there was no blood available. All of it had been shipped to Oklahoma.
Given the recent, and equally tragic events in Oklahoma, please don't forget blood donation as an easy, but critically important way to help those in need. Don't think about doing it. Do it. Don't do it tomorrow. Do it today. There's a good chance you will never comprehend the impact your small act of kindness had on the life of another, but that doesn't make it any less significant. Please donate blood today.