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The Red Cross

I'm catching up on my unread mail tonight. In my pile of mail was a letter from the Red Cross. They seem to really like the fact that I go donate blood often and am part of their "Members For Life" program. So much so, that they're going to send me a gift of my choice. I chose the baseball cap.

I love donating blood. Almost every time I go, they give me a T-shirt. Now, it looks like every year, they'll give me something like a baseball cap. Of course, there's the real cool thing that my blood can be used by people who need it.

I guess one day, they'll come up with a synthetic substitute for blood. There's probably someone working on trying to figure that out right this minute. That would be pretty cool.

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arcticturtle
Mar. 13th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
Congratulations. Did they tell you your number of gallons?

I've heard that they've actually been looking for blood substitutes for years, and that the problem has proven a lot trickier than you might expect. But it can't hold out forever. In another generation, kids may look on blood donation as the just one more unimaginable hardship people in the ancient past endured. Shhhh, don't tell them it barely hurts.
drmellow
Mar. 13th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, It's in my profile on the Members For Life webpage -- 26 donations, so that's 3.25 gallons.
drmellow
Mar. 13th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
...and, yeah, I bet synthetic blood really is tricky.

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