People usually think of New York City as a cold and ruthless place that’s full of selfish egotistical people.
I’ve lived in Manhattan for over fifteen years and always felt that this stereotype does not hold true for most people.
In order to put my observation to the test, I thought I’d take to the streets of New York City and ask people if they’ve ever given blood.
Let’s face it, giving blood to help a stranger is one of the most selfless acts a person can do.
According to the American Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
And although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, less than 10% actually do each year.
As someone who was born with an illness that requires frequent transfusions of red blood cells, I can tell you that many lives depend on blood donations.
Children with rare genetic blood illnesses, cancer patients, emergency victims, pregnant women and others all have the potential to need blood.
Please take a listen to what some New Yorkers had to say when I asked them if they’ve ever donated blood. You might be surprised!
New Yorkers Talk About Donating Blood
As you can see, there is a reason why I’ve been able to stay alive for so long. People in New York City are in fact very generous.
I want to thank blood donors, blood bank technicians, nurses, doctors, lab workers, and all of the people and organizations who help to patients like me alive.
Click to Tweet: One blood donation saves three lives! @AmericanRedCross
There have been a great many people who have told me that I should not be happy for the life I have been given.
From people in my own family to teachers to mothers of former boyfriends. Most can not see past their own fear of blood, needles, or the social stigma of illness.
What I see is a life that has been a blessing. A lesson in tolerance, releasing attachment, and finding gratitude in simplicity.
So, please, when someone tells you that they have an illness that you do not understand, put yourself in their position. Find sympathy and have an open mind. True love holds no space for fear.
With tremendous gratitude,
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