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Why Donate Blood?

Join the Blood Donor Community

You don’t need a special reason to give blood.
You just need your own reason.

  • Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.
  • Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.
  • Some believe it is the right thing we do.

Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. And you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life.

Real People, Real Lives

Connie’s Story

Three years ago, Connie Blumenthal was going through her typical routine, never expecting her life to take a complete turn.

Read more of Connie’s story in the UNC Gazette

Tom’s Story

Tom May used to donate blood, but not often. If he had it to do over, he’d give as much as possible. But he can’t.

Read more of Tom’s story at UNC News

Kelly’s Story

Wreck puts Gaston man down, but not out

Day by day: More Q&A with Carl Stowe

Aryonna’s story

Although Aryonna Muhammad is only 13 years old, she has been hospitalized more than 40 times. She misses at least two weeks of school each year and must greatly limit her physical activity. Aryonna has sickle cell anemia, a systemic disease that doesn’t allow her to have the normal life of a teen-ager.

Wright’s Story

Shortly after Wright Duffel was born his doctor discovered that he had a complex combination of four heart defects. In order to save Wright’s life, surgery was necessary.

Valerie’s Story

Valerie Hillard almost didn’t survive her pregnancy. In her seventh month, she experienced sever pains in her abdomen and chest. After three days of symptoms, she was rushed to the hospital. Valerie was suffering from Eclampsia, a form of high blood pressure that can lead to internal bleeding and organ failure. After delivering her premature son by Cesarean section, she began hemorrhaging, and need an emergency blood transfusion.