I am some what embarrassed to say, that in my 38 years of life I have never donated blood. When I was young I had the excuse that I was too thin, but even as I put on weight with age, I never got around to doing something so simple, and so life saving. And now here I am with a specific type of cancer that requires lots of transfusions, platelets and other blood products. So far I've had 4 units of blood, 3 units of platelets and 3 units of other blood products. I haven't even been here a week.
We've gotten a lot of requests on blood donor information, so here you so. My blood type is A Positive. I need both type specific blood and platelets. If you are in the area, and would like to specifically donate blood for my use, you can only do so at UCLA. If you want to donate blood at your local red cross, you can as that it be credited to me.
The UCLA Blood and Platelet Center is located at 1045 Gayley Avenue in Los Angeles. To make an appointment, call 310-206-6287 or 310-825-0888 x2. Their website is http://www.gotblood.ucla.edu
Here is the criteria for giving blood:
Be at least 17 years old (there is no upper age limit)
Weigh at least 110 lbs.
Be in general good health
Have not taken any aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications withing 36 hours of donation
If Diabetic: No Insulin (oral medications are acceptable)
If asthmatic: No oral medications (Singulair is acceptable)
Must be willing to allow approximately 2 hours for the entire donation process.
If you have any questions, call your local Red Cross or the UCLA number above. Thank you so much.