Morin is now a regular blood donor and is inspired to encourage others to become blood donors. She says the best way to get started is to make an appointment and bring a friend.
“When you make an appointment for blood donation, going with somebody else keeps you accountable to go do it. It also makes it better because then you can talk about it and it's less scary. As a runner, I know accountability is huge,” says Morin.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Morin compares her father's need for blood during his fight with cancer to the ongoing demand for donations, which help others facing similar situations today.
“You don't know how many people in your direct circle of friends have needed blood and the conversation needs to be about that. A lot of us have either emergency or elective surgeries. There is blood on standby,” says Morin.
The Red Cross has many layers of safety in place to help protect the blood supply and health of valued donors, including donor eligibility screening and rigorous testing performed on each donation. The Red Cross remains steadfast in its commitment to ensure that every blood recipient has access to safe, lifesaving blood products when needed.
Morin is grateful for the blood donors who gave blood during her father’s cancer battle. She regularly donates blood now to help others meet their own medical needs.