Wednesday, September 27, 2006

It's time for the LONG OVERDUE Labor Day Blood Drive report!

First of all, thanks to EVERYONE who took one hour out of your day to help save lives! Special thanks to Miss ND 2006, Jacqueline Johnson for her appearances and support, and to Tom, Denise, and the rest of the great staff at United Blood Services for their help! Congratulations to Alexis Neppl who won the Minneapolis Weekend Getaway prize package!

As you know, our goal was 999 donors in 9 days, and we did quite well! We had a total of 415 donors in those 9 days, 59 of them first time donors! My hopes are that those 59 will become repeat donors, and that they'll tell 9 friends, and they'll tell 9 friends, etc. As I said during the drive, it would be GREAT if somewhere down the road, maybe even next year, Froggy may not HAVE to have a blood drive, because so many people will donate on a regular basis, there will never be a blood shortage!

I leave you with two thoughts, one is that blood donation nationwide is down and as we just experienced a few short days ago, an accident victim in Fargo used up the ENTIRE blood supply that was available. One person. What if it had been you, or someone you love? Eight out of every 10 people will need blood at some point in their lives. Whether it is a transfusion due to cancer or some other illness, an accident, surgery or some other reason, chances are quite high that YOU, yes YOU, will need blood in your lifetime. Fact is, only 5% of the population donates on a regular basis. As they say, you don't really have to "do the math" to see the deficit is not good. Make up your mind today to become a regular blood donor; it may change your life, and the life of others.

The last thing I want to leave you with is a story. When I was at United Blood Services at the closing of our 9-day drive, I met a remarkable young woman, who didn't want to go on the radio with me to tell her story, but I'm going to tell it to you now. She was 17, a Senior at Moorhead High, and a first time donor! When I asked her why, a 17 year old, busy getting ready for her Senior year in high school and plenty of things on her schedule would take the time to donate blood, she told me this. She had heard of course, about Hoppy Gilmore's brother being killed in a plane crash, and had read his plea on the Frog Blog for people to donate blood, since the only survivor had used 39 units. So as a tribute to Kelly, and all the others lost on the plane, she decided to come in. Then, she told me something else. A classmate of hers, also 17, had taken their life just days before. This wonderful young woman looked me in the eye and said, you know, I couldn't do anything to save them, but I can give blood and save another 3 lives.

Think about that please, and call to set up an appointment now, at 293-9453. You don't have to wait until next Labor Day, or until someone you know personally needs you.




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