American Red Cross

The race suit that I wore in the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Throughout my hospitalization period back in 2004, I received 36 blood transfusions and 13 plasma treatments to replace the 60% blood loss that I experienced at the accident scene.  It has been a personal mission of mine since then to help promote blood donation and that is why I joined forces with the American Red Cross last year.

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Every two seconds someone in the United States  needs blood, but unfortunately, only 5% of the eligible US population donates blood in a given year.  Since there is no substitute for blood, healthy donors are the only source.

Blood is needed for emergencies and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell, anemia and other illnesses. Some people need regular blood transfusions to live.

For nearly 5 million people who receive blood transfusions every year, your donation can make the difference between life and death. I am living proof of that and I’m so thankful for all the people who donated. 

To sign up for an upcoming blood drive in the area where you live, please visit: https://www.givelife.org/index.cfm

The need is constant.  The gratification is instant.  Give blood.

 

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