By Aleesia Benkey, American Red Cross intern
As a nurse of many years, Naomi Opitz has experienced first-hand the importance of blood donations.
“Now, I have a chance while healthy to share with others that can benefit from my blood or platelets,” said Naomi. “I understand the supply is given by people who care for one another, and a healthy supportive and giving community is one of the most important values we can foster.”
The Orange County local saves lives in the hospital and through the generosity of her blood donations.
“As a critical care and nephrology nurse, many of my patients have suffered from anemia, chemotherapy induced thrombocytopenia or other blood dyscrasias or from trauma,” said Naomi. “The dialysis patients I care for have touched me with their stories and lives and I found that now I can give back to several types of needs with whole blood, platelets or plasma.”
As an advocate for blood donations and a traveler, Naomi has donated blood in California, Utah and Minnesota.
“It could be you, or your family in that chair or hospital bed, and we all hope someone will help them,” said Naomi.
She shares that the process has always been quick and comfortable, and the American Red Cross technician has always made the procedure a breeze.
Naomi donates for her “past, future and present community who needs this.” She is inspired by the selflessness of donors, and she hopes to inspire others to donate as well. Join Naomi and make an appointment to donate blood today.
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