Carter BloodCare requested platelet donors submit a personal story to emphasize why they give platelets. Hundreds of submissions were received, but one special story stood out, a story behind Bob and Steve Sanit. Twins, Bob and Steve were the first applicants to be awarded the opportunity to have their pictures represent the faces of platelet donors on the new Carter BloodCare platelet bus for the DFW community.
The Sanit brothers submitted the following touching story, highlighting why they give platelets to help others.
“We give because we can. Like most twins, we were born premature which required the skills and dedication of talented doctors to keep us alive. Our bodies weren’t manufacturing enough blood and needed transfusions to sustain us until our bodies took over. Without blood, no amount of skill, talent or dedication would have allowed us to live a healthy life. For us, donating blood is our way of giving back.
Unfortunately, too many people only donate blood in the event of a catastrophe, emergency, or medical need of a family member or friend. Sadly, the need for blood doesn’t happen on a schedule. It’s all year long. The need is never ending. It is our hope that people will come to realize that blood cannot be stored forever. New blood must constantly be ready and available when the patient needs it.
The reason we give platelets is the result of a visit to a donor center. It was immediately after 9/11 and we were at the Carter BloodCare Plano Donor Center giving whole blood. A sign on the wall said, “ask me about donating platelets,” and we’ve been donating platelets ever since.
The advantage of donating blood versus other types of donations is the equality of it. It doesn’t matter what your ethnicity is, what your religion is, what your financial status in life is, or for that matter what you look like or how smart you are or how skilled you may be. As long as you are healthy and are age 16 or over (16-year-olds need parental consent), you are a good candidate to donate. And in reality, what can be more rewarding in life than knowing you had a part in saving another human being? It just doesn’t get any better than that.” —Bob and Steve Sanit, Carter BloodCare Platelet Donors
Cancer patients use more blood products, including platelets, than any other patient group in the Carter BloodCare service area. It takes six or more whole blood donors to produce just one unit of transferable platelets. Carter BloodCare is always in need of new platelet donations due to platelets short shelf-life of five days.
Book your platelet or blood donation appointment today and give the gift of life; and give it often, just like Bob and Steve. Visit www.carterbloodcare.org or call 1-800-366-2834.