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Misamis Oriental government employees take part in a bloodletting activity at the capitol grounds in July of 2016 as part of the 2nd anniversary of Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano’s Misorcares program, and in time for the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. (GSD FILE PHOTO BY NITZ ARANCON)

‘Bayaning Magnum’

Ric Maulion .

YES, there is a hero in us. Walking our talk, going the extra mile, and donating for a cause are things that make us heroes. It’s a noble act to share your blood to faceless individuals in dire need of it.

Such was the scene in May 27 at Limketkai. The Atrium was jampacked right away. This, as thousands of “heroes,” flocked there, united for a noble purpose: donate blood.

The event was made possible through the efforts of the Red Cross, private sponsors, physicians and nurses, and Magnum News and Music Radio that played a significant role. The radio station did all the dirty work, facilitating, and reminding potential donors about the activity. It’s time to acknowledge Magnum News and Music Radio for it.

June is a designated as month for blood donation. “Sharing blood that others may live” was an apt description for that activity. “Service, empathy, kindness” encouraged the donors.

Who would be the recipients? The Red Cross has an updated list. It would be people in need regardless of socio-economic status.

A bag of blood or two could be yours free upon presentation of your yellow card. If not, you could still avail but for a fee, including the laboratory processing fee. All you need to do is present your yellow card to Red Cross blood bank and withdraw or request blood for your own or immediate family’s use. Otherwise, you can buy or ask any donor if  you are not a bonafide card-bearing member.

Have you ever been a blood donor? If not, don’t fret. You have still time to experience what it feels to be a hero. What you need is a little push. When you’re done, you could repeat it after three months or as you deem needed. For those who have been there, you could donate as many times as you want. But probably eight times would already be a milestone because by then, you will be considered a elite member of “Galloners’ Club.” Just look at how athletic former president Fidel Ramos is. Or our very own lawyer James Judith who exudes and oozes with vitality.

The good thing about this crusade is its urgency. You might have a late awakening when it comes to the importance of donating blood. It’s not a big deal, really. It doesn’t matter. You may be a senior citizen. It’s fine and there’s nothing to be afraid of. What you need is just take the required screening and you must pass that test. If found fit, you’re in and can still catch up. If you don’t qualify because you have high blood pressure, thanks just the same because you tried. You can wait for next blood-donation activity.

Did I donate? Of course. I have donated blood 11 times already and I am looking forward to my membership in the Galloners’ Club. Unfortunately, I misplaced my five donation receipt cards. As far as I can remember, I have six blood donations done  in Manila, Iloilo to Cagayan de Oro City. I would have donated more had it not for some health issues. But there’s nothing to be worried about. You can still donate blood for as long as you live.

Cheers to Magnum Radio!

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