Your health and your height.

About 2 years ago, a friend of mine, Andy, was killed in a car accident. Not to get into too many details, but he too was a tall, wonderful young man and the world is a poorer place since he left.

That all being said, I’ve learned two interesting facts that have to do with your health because of Andy and here they are:

#1: If you donate blood, they take more out of you because your a giant.

Last fall, I started donating blood at the local blood bank as often as they let me. I was asking myself how I could make up for the fact that such a great guy was missing from the planet and I did what I thought he would do. And my monthly trip to the blood bank for apheresis, which is a 2 hour process where they pull out plasma, platelets and red blood cells was born. And according to Andy’s mom, he did that every month too. Specifically, the apheresis as well.

#2: The taller you are, the harder it is to find you a donated heart if you need one.

Apparently, even if a heart matches you perfectly for a transplant from an organ donor, they can’t give it to you if it’s the wrong size. If you’re tall, giving you a heart that’s too small might just kill you again anyway. So while Andy’s kidney went to a little 12 year old girl, his heart went to another big guy who needed a larger heart.

Only 5% of the population that is eligible does. So when you donate, you make a huge difference.

Also, if you’re a giant, like me, with a little free extra time you can help even more people. Fear of needles is not an acceptable excuse. You’re huge. The only thing you fear is bi-planes attacking while you climb the Empire State building.


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