SAN ANTONIO -- You blood donations make possible for patients like Dianne De La Garza to spend this holiday with loved ones.
In February 2011, De La Garza was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a fast-growing cancer of the blood. After a round of chemotherapy and several blood transfusions she's in remission and has a deep sense of gratitude for people who roll up their sleeves and give blood.
"I received anywhere from four to nine transfusions of blood a week and there were times when I needed two pints of hemoglobin a day," said De La Garza. "I just don't think people who donate know the full capacity of the gift they are giving. They helped save my life."
Blood donors are needed all year long, but donations are especially important during the holidays when donations tend to decrease.
To encourage donations this holiday season, each donor room will be giving away an Apple iPad 2 to a December blood donor. Plus, mobile blood donors will be entered to win one of four Apple iPads 2.
Donors must present identification. Anyone who is 16 years old and weighs at least 120 pounds (with parental consent form) or at least 17 years old and weights at least 110 pounds AND in good general health may donate blood.
All donors receive refreshments, a mini-physical, a thank you gift and are encouraged to eat before and after donation.CLICK HERE
to learn more about blood donation or call 800-292-5534.