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John's Story

I am currently a regular Platelet Donor at the NBC in Dublin. I first gave blood after I saw my Dad giving blood one day in the Brandon House Hotel in New Ross. My Dad has been giving blood for over 30 years and it's something I have always thought of doing but never got around to.

After coming back from Oz I went to donate blood and found out about platelet donation and thought well why not? I was in contact with the IBTS and arranged an interview to become a platelet donor. That is nearly a year ago now and it’s such a nice feeling knowing that by giving up an hour or two once a month you can make such a huge difference to someone else. All the staff in the platelet clinic are so nice and could not be more helpful to me and every other donor that attends.

While also there, I found out about becoming a Bone Marrow Donor and decided to go and get interviewed. After a few weeks I got a letter stating that I have been accepted onto the Bone Marrow Register. I feel like I can really make a difference to someone’s life now.

Like it says in the Platelet clinic, "to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world".

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