Pay it Forward - The Gift of Life

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA BRE#01366594

Pay-it-Forward - The Gift of Life

I wanted to do something really special to “pay-it-forward” today (October 25, 2010) because today is the day I was born. I am so grateful for my life. I am truly blessed. I am grateful for all of my life experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly.

I’m blessed with good health. I’ve never needed to receive blood. I had the Big C 10 years ago and I am one of the lucky ones. I am so truly blessed to have given life to my son. I believe there is no greater gift than becoming a parent. Nothing feels better than knowing a small gesture of donating blood may actually save a life. Today, on my birthday, I wanted to pay-it-forward in a relevant and meaningful way.

Donating Blood - The American Red Cross

A few statistical facts:

  • 350 donors per day are needed to support 31 hospitals in Northern California.
  • 60% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood.
  • 4.8% actually do give blood (this is astonishing)
  • 75% of the U.S. population will need blood at some time in their life.

I know the blood I donated to the American Red Cross for over 30 plus years has saved lives. I learned today that at some point in the past my blood was given to a baby. I asked the nurse who was processing me (paperwork) how she knew that. She pointed to a code on the computer screen and said “This code means your blood was tested and given to a baby.”

That created an overwhelming surge of even deeper gratitude within me. In that moment … the nurse had given me a gift. In that moment I truly realized just how powerful and meaningful one small gesture can be.

If you have never given blood and are eligible to give, then consider paying-it-forward with the Gift of Life by making a blood donation. 

San Jose Real Estate agent, Kathleen Daniels specializes in San Jose Homes and San Jose Short Sales

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Tamara Schuster
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Great article  to share and pay forward.

Oct 25, 2010 05:04 PM #1
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Peggy Hughes
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Happy Birthday Kathleen - what a great gift to give of yourself.  Warm wishes for a very successful year!

Oct 25, 2010 06:21 PM #2
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JoAnn Moore
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Happy Birthday and what a great way to honor and celebrate your birthday. That was neat that you were able to find out your blood helped an infant. Enjoy your birthday and have a wonderful, prosperous year ahead.  

Oct 25, 2010 07:50 PM #3
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Hillary Kinnison
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Happy Birthday!  I think it is so wonderful that on your birthday you chose to give.  I donated a couple of months ago for my first time.  I was surprised to learn that only 30% of first time donors every give again.

Oct 25, 2010 09:21 PM #4
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Jason Channell
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Happy Birthday! Donating is a great way to celebrate life!

Oct 25, 2010 10:08 PM #5
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Rebecca Gaujot, the GO TO REALTOR
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Kathleen. happy birthday and I suggested this post for I agree what better gift can one give.

Oct 25, 2010 10:11 PM #6
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I have a ten-gallon blood donor shirt from the American Red Cross. I had given every 56 days beginning in 1972 and going through 1987, when my high blood pressure prevented me from giving. Now that I haven’t had high blood pressure in a couple of years, I’ve been trying to give blood at the Chargers and Padres blood drives, but all of the blood donor organizations still have an old, outdated, discriminatory policy against gay people giving blood, even though I’ve been in a monogamous relationship for almost sixteen years now. I keep trying, though.

Oct 26, 2010 01:15 AM #7
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Juli Vosmik
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ - Scottsdale, AZ
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Happy Birthday, Kathleen.  And what a great way to celebrate - giving another person a chance to have another birthday!!!!  WTG. 

Oct 26, 2010 01:55 AM #8
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Peggy, Thank you. After all these years to learn that my blood was given to a baby really impacted me beyond just giving.

JoAnn, My birthday was peaceful and loving. My son took me to the Cheesecake Factory and believe it or not, we were too full to have cheesecake!

Hillary, Yeah for you for donating … I hope you will not be among the percentage of first time donors that never donate again. Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 26, 2010 11:20 AM #9
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Jason, I felt so as well. The numbers are astounding … so few people donate. Thanks for stopping by.

Rebecca, Thank you so much. It was truly a powerful and loving day for me … the feeling of gratitude is like an addictive drug … with the impact of love versus destruction.

Russel, OMG – the pages and pages of material we are required to “read” these days is over-the-top. I pray someday soon the discriminatory policy is abolished. Thanks for stopping by.

Juli, Thanks for stopping by. There is always the chance that my blood will save a life. Given how few people donate … it’s amazing that we are able to keep ample blood supplies.

Oct 26, 2010 11:21 AM #10
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Anja Kerstens
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Happy Birthday Kathleen and my next appointment at the Red Cross is this Saturday.  

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Anja,  Thank you.  Glad to know that you are a donor as well. 

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