Every 16 weeks or so, the nice ladies at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
(STBTC) call to make a date with my husband, Richard. Good looks aside, what they really want is his type B positive blood. According to Wikipedia
, only 8% of people in the U.S. have this blood type. So blood donors, like Richard, are in high demand. Richard donates whole blood, packed red blood cells or platelets. Whatever they need, he bleeds.
Over the past 20 years, my husband has given the equivalent of at least 13 gallons of blood. Richard gives blood because "It's the one thing I can do on a regular basis that helps save lives, doesn't cost me anything but a little time, and I get a t-shirt." That, and he allows himself a pound of hotdogs after each donation.
During the holidays and winter months, blood, of any type, is especially vulnerable to supply shortages. Go to STBTC
website for more information or to schedule your life-saving donation. This week they are also entering donors in a drawing for Spurs tickets
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