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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Juli Vosmik
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Happy Birthday, Kathleen.  And what a great way to celebrate - giving another person a chance to have another birthday!!!!  WTG. 

October 26, 2010 01:55 AM
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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!

October 26, 2010 11:20 AM
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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.

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

November 01, 2010 01:05 AM
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Anja,  Thank you.  Glad to know that you are a donor as well. 

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