December 3, 2014 at 12:52 am

Stanford Medical Center trained me for a rewarding career in neurology, and I wanted to give back to the community, but the first time I donated I passed out! I was scared to come back, but my best friend was diagnosed with lymphoma and I wanted to join the bone marrow registry. I was told one way to get on the registry was to donate blood and they could check the blood proteins needed to classify my marrow. I toughed it out for my friend, and now I have donated 33 times. I always feel great afterwards knowing my donation is helping the Stanford community. I hope to one day get the 100 donation license plate frame like the guy sitting across from me now, but even better would be a discovery that can replace blood donation so patients are never short on blood products!