Richard T. • Bedford, TX

I am a donor because...

I give blood because I believe in paying it forward. I started giving whole blood regularly about six years ago. Little did I know that I would one day become a blood recipient. One afternoon in 2005 I was leaving a car wash when a guy ran a red light going 55 mph and T-boned the side of my car. I was in a coma for almost two weeks. I had internal bleeding a collapsed lung my spleen and diaphragm were ruptured my pelvis was broken and every single rib on the left side of my body was broken. Blood transfusions were necessary during those early days.

Exactly one year from the day I received my last blood transfusion I was able to give blood again. In fact I was able to give double red cells. After receiving blood that saved my life it was an honor to be able to continue giving. After that donation I was informed that I had a ridiculously high platelet count and asked if I'd like to start giving platelets. It was a no-brainer decision. I can now give a triple in 50 minutes and so far have given a total of 17 gallons. Of course I am forever grateful to the people who gave the blood I needed. It's one of the best incentives I have to keep on giving.

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