July 15th, 2015 11:52 AM by Andrew Walter May
Andy May, CEO of ADR Mortgage, gives "100th pint" of blood to the American Red Cross.
Andy has been donating blood to the Red Cross for the past 34 years, ever since he used to race his fellow UMASS students in the fastest blood donation.
Andrew provides the five key reasons why he provides blood:
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. That means more than 38,000 blood donations are needed per day. Currently, less than 38% of the population is eligible to give blood, with only 3 out of every 100 Americans actually donating. It’s a very elite group, but they’re always looking to expand membership. Will you give next?
There are four types of transfusable products that can be derived from a pint of whole blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. As each pint of donated whole blood is separated into two or three of these products, each donation can help save up to three lives.
Donating blood is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments (cookies!) The whole process takes no more than one hour and 15 minutes with the actual blood collection taking about 12 minutes.
The two most common reasons people don’t give blood are, “I never thought about it” and “I don’t like needles.” Well, we’re thinking about it right now! Plus, blood donation is an opportunity to volunteer, rather than be drafted. Wouldn’t it feel good to put out your arm for a cause and walk away knowing you’ve contributed to the good health of someone other than yourself? That's the bedrock of America, give back; feel better about your contribution to the greatest nation on earth.
More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
Interested in a mortgage or refinance? Call George Imura at (919) 451-5981. (NMLS ID: 78385 / Co. NMLS ID: 88010). Or contact the owner, Andy May at 919 771 3379.