Donating Plasma For Food And Gas

Today’s struggling economy, many people are finding for creative ways to have an extra income. One way to make a little cash is through plasma donation. People are resorting to donate plasma to get food and gas money. People walk in to any blood drives or blood centers to donate and on the same day, walk out with cash in hand. Many individuals use this cash to pay for the high gas and food prices.

With blood donation, people are doing the right thing, a good deed to other people to save lives. The unstoppable rise of food and gas prices, making more and more people are able to donate. You can get paid from $20 USD for the first time donors and up to $60 USD if you give again or $40 USD per hour cash.

Here’s a man doing his part to help save lives by donating plasma and reaps a cash reward from donation.

You can find more information on our website at and watch for more #whyidonate videos with inspiring stories from donors.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Remembered

29 year-old Rachel D’Avino had her life ahead of her: she’s a behavioral therapist who was about to finish her doctorate and her boyfriend was supposed to propose to her on Christmas Eve. D’Avino’s life was just starting to unfold, but a deadly school shooting killed her and her bright tomorrow away.

Rachel D’Avino was one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shoot out in Newtown, Connecticut by 20 year-old Adam Lanza. The massacre, which is dubbed as the second-deadliest school shooting in US history, claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 first-graders and 6 adult staff members.

On December 14, 2012, lone gunman Lanza forced its way into Sandy Hook Elementary School at around 9:40 am wearing black military-style gear and started shooting using two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. Before 10 o’clock, approximately 50-100 rounds had been fired and 26 were dead. The victims were students (eight boys and twelve girls), and six women school leaders. Lanza then gunned himself in the head as first responders arrived. Before the school shooting, the disturbed video games fan killed his 52 year-old mother, Nancy Lanza, by shooting her in the face and head at their home.

Tragic as it appears to be, stories of heroism and love from Sandy Hook’s school leaders emerged from the ashes. We will forever look up to the nobility of the teachers who put the students’ safety ahead of them and the undeserved death of the victim students who died innocently.

"Faces with names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims (Photo credit:"

Faces with names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims

Among those who died were School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, 27 year-old teacher Victoria Soto, 30 year-old teacher Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, school psychologist Mary Sherlach, and little angels ages six to seven years old including Jessica Rekos, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Benjamin Wheeler, Noah Pozner and Grace Audrey McDonnell to name a few.

The promising lives each soul could have lived was stolen from them before they even knew it.

While some people celebrate the holiday season with a gleeful heart, singing to the tunes of Christmas songs at the top of their lungs, there are families who grieve over the untimely demise of their loved ones. Instead of Jingle Bells, the sound we hear are heart-wrenching weeps from parents whose children have gone too soon. Their Christmas won’t be so merry after all.

Such brutal tragedy was condemned not just by the victims’ families, but the whole American society, including President Barack Obama himself. It triggered debates about gun control, but the real issue here is how a soul has lost his sense of humanity. How someone ignored his conscience, went on a shooting frenzy and forgot the value of human life.

We cannot undo what has happened. The best we can do is continue living life with optimism and faith that everything is gonna be alright. The Sandy Hook massacre was alarming because the town where the school sat is peaceful, sleepy and idyllic. Not in a thousand years you’d think such violence would occur, targeting the helpless and defenseless.

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, to the bereaved families, and to the community of Newton, Connecticut – that in the midst of this trying time, they may find strength in one another and may find light in the darkness that briefly surrounded them.

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Sandy Hook Elementary School mourners (Photo credit:

Here in BloodBanker, we are one with the nation in grieving over the unnecessary lost of lives. The day of Sandy Hook shooting was somehow an awakening, not just for its residents, but for everybody watching, as to how fragile life is. In a blink of an eye, the ones we love can be taken away from us and there’s no chance to save them.

Parents, teachers, rescuers and even nearby residents of Sandy Hook Elementary School must have felt guilty for not being able to save a life even if they badly wanted to. Imagine the remorse of a school leader who could have saved a life or two from the Sandy Hook shooting but couldn’t cause it’s too late.

But there are instances in our lifetime where we can save lives without having to throw ourselves in front of danger. Blood donation is a worthy cause to champion, knowing a pint can already save 3 lives. We don’t need to wait till something like the Sandy Hook massacre to happen before we are convinced to make a bold step in saving lives.

We only have one life to live. We cannot choose how we die but we can choose how we live. And may we choose to spend it by helping others to go on living.

Protecting Blood Supply from Malaria

Malaria refers to a fatal disease that kills thousands of people in third-world countries. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded 97 cases of transmitted malaria all over United States between the years 1963 to 2011. The World Health Organization released an investigation and found out that more than 600,000 in 2010 were dead due to malaria (CDC, August 2012).

Malaria remains as one of the most common transfusion-transmitted infections (Blackwell Publishing, 2006). According to WHO’s World Malaria Report, Uganda reported and confirmed more than ten million malaria cases in 2010. Other countries with high malaria alert in all its areas are Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Bhutan, Burundi, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Hema-Quebec, 2010).

There are still malaria cases in other continents apart from Africa. In Europe, United Kingdom in particular, five people were confirmed dead in a total of 1660 cases in 2004 (Blackwell Publishing, 2006). In United States alone, 1,500 Americans are diagnosed each year.

Due to these left and right widespread of malaria, blood banks all over the world were worried. Too many cases of malaria cases mean two things. First, many donors will be deferred. Second, the blood supply will be low.

Come to think about it. You’re ineligible to give blood should you’ve been to countries where malaria is prevalent. You are advised to wait until twelve months (American Red Cross, 2012). In case you came from a vacation and you suddenly become sick, you’re neither allowed to donate blood, sell plasma nor transfuse blood to someone until the treatment is completed. You can only donate blood after three years.

There’s no perfect solution for this crisis. Blood banks can only create a better way of protecting the supply. As of the moment, it’s strongly recommended to conduct a thorough screening to all blood donors by handing out a questionnaire. This is one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to evaluate your eligibility. It’s expected for the questionnaire to ask questions related to the geographical malaria-infected location, the length of visit in the location and the history of your health.

Acquiring Malaria

You immediately acquire this life-threatening disease when you’re bitten by an Anopheles. Anopheles is a mosquito that’s commonly found in six continents except Antarctica. The female Anopheles is believed to be the malaria carrier. Its life span is more than two weeks to a month if held in captivity (Wikipedia, September 2012). CDC confirmed that Anopheles mosquitoes are not only found in endemic countries such as Uganda and Malawi but also in countries where Malaria was eradicated.

Symptoms of malaria are visible between 10 to 15 days after the bite. You’ll experience chills, fever, muscle aches and extreme exhaustion. Malaria becomes deathly should its plasmodium falciparum (a type of parasite that attacks the blood cells) is left untreated. At this worst level, you’ll have complications such as destruction of red blood cells (anemia), jaundice, kidney failure, liver failure, seizures, internal bleeding, respiratory failure (pulmonary edema), mental confusion, meningitis and death.

Malaria is treated should you consult a doctor once the symptoms appear. Before the treatment begins, your doctor requires you to undergo a series of physical examinations. First, you’ll be advised to have a complete blood count to verify if you’re anemia-positive. Then, a malaria blood smear shall be performed within the six to twelve hour interval to confirm a diagnosis. Your doctor can immediately find an enlarged liver in your test results should your blood system is infected by malaria (CDC, 2012).

Treatment for Malaria

A thorough assessment of your clinical status is needed before the treatment. The application of malarial drugs is dependent on your age, weight, drug allergies and history of other illnesses. If you’re a female, it’s also important to take note if you’re pregnant or not. Pregnant moms are vulnerable to malaria drugs. The treatment drugs make their immune system extremely weak (World Health Organization, 2003). For this, health experts highly-recommends certain drugs to pregnant moms. Proquanil and quanine are considered safe drugs during pregnancy. The falciparum malaria is, however, resistant to chloroquine (OnlyMyHealth, March 2011).

In the United States, you’re treated for malaria either by oral medicine or by intravenous infusion. Chloroquine, atovaquone-proguanil, artemether-lumefantrine, mefloquine, quinine, quinidine, doxycycline, clindamycin and artesunate are active malarial drugs that aim to kill the parasite in the blood cells (CDC, 2010). The primaquine is also an active dug used to treat an inactive parasite in the liver.

World Malaria Day

Awareness is a key to fight ignorance. That’s the reason why World Malaria Day is celebrated annually (April 25th). This celebration began in Africa in which hundreds of children and adults were dead. Just this year, the World Malaria Day proves to be a successful campaign. It continues to develop various efforts in controlling the  spread of the disease worldwide.

Other sources:

CDC – Malaria
CDC – Malaria Facts
CDC – Treatment
CDC – World Malaria Day
Malaria & Blood Transfusion

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Remembering Talia: A Child Warrior Extraordinaire

The world was saddened upon hearing the death of Talia Joy Castellano, the American internet celebrity who lost her battle on two types of cancer.

Talia, the bubbly 13 year-old who shot to fame for her inspiring make-up tutorials on Youtube, died on July 16, 2013, but the inspiration she left to those whose lives she had touched continues to live.

Talia succumbed to neuroblastoma and preleukemia

Talia Joy Castellano died on July 16, 2013

On Valentine’s Day of 2007, the young Talia had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, that made her undergo different kinds of therapies and treatments. She beat and relapsed the disease multiple times over the last 6 six years.

Talia battled two types of childhood cancer neuroblastoma and preleukemia – but she showed a level of maturity during her ordeal that was well beyond her age.

She took her zesty character to her youtube channel, Taliajoy18, where she posted make-up tutorials and beauty tips. She used make-up as a confidence booster.

“I love and adore makeup, using it as my wig and having so much self-confidence to go out to the grocery store without a wig. It’s just amazing,” she shared in one of her videos.

In the short time she stayed on earth, Talia had already done and achieved so much: she had a youtube channel that had more than 39 million hits, she met her idol, and she had served as an inspiration to many – sick and healthy people alike.

Her dream of meeting Ellen DeGeneres came a reality last September 2012, when she guested in the host’s show. Plus, Ellen made Talia an honorary Cover Girl, complete with her own portrait – something that made the young fighter teared up on the show.

During the interview, Ellen asked Talia how she stays so positive, to which Talia answered: “just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”

Unfortunately for this little angel, she then developed myelodysplastic syndrome (preleukemia) in her bone marrow which had progressed last year.

Doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant, but Talia decided against the operation. The surgery could take a toll on her body because she has had a lot of surgeries already. Talia said she wanted to spend whatever remaining time she had left free of pain and in the company of her family.

But as what Talia once said, all journey must come to an end. And hers has reached its finish line.

On July 16 at 11:22 am, Talia finally succumbed to her diseases at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Talia had earned her wings, is now free from pain and resting.

A day after Talia died, her family posted a picture of Talia’s bucket list called “Things I Wanna Do Before I Die.” Though Talia is not here anymore to fulfill all of her wishes, her fans have bravely taken the mission and are crossing things off the list one by one.

Among her bucketlist include: Give flowers to a stranger, Dance in the rain, Have a huge pool party, Free hugs all day, Surf and Body paint.

At 13, Talia had probably achieved so much more than any child her age has ever had. It was a life well-lived and a battle well-fought.

The world was saddened upon hearing the death of Talia Joy Castellano, but the traces of a happy and worry-free child will be best immortalized through the videos she shared with the world online.

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