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SW Mo. blood drive honors soldier's sacrifice

Many in Christopher Stark's Missouri hometown have already shed tears for the young soldier who died in February in Afghanistan. Now, many have given blood in his honor, as well. Full story

Red Cross appeals for blood donors after winter storms

WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!) - The American Red Cross said that recent winter storms have forced thousands of donors to cancel giving blood and its January supply had fallen to the lowest in a decade. Full story

It’s January! You should donate blood

   Winter storms and frigid temperatures tend to keep people at home and not out donating blood. Rob Purvis of the New York Blood Center says you can help save a life donating during National Blood Awareness month.

Less blood is really more, transfusion critics say

Long dominated by Jehovah’s Witnesses — whose faith forbids blood transfusions — blood conservation programs are attracting mainstream patients worried about the potential health hazards of donated blood. Full story

Thai protesters spill blood on streets

   Anti-government protesters in Thailand splash their donated blood across the entrance to the Thai Government House. The demonstration is being called a symbolic sacrifice that presses for new elections. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

Senators: Lift ban on gay men donating blood

The time has come to change a policy that imposes a lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has had gay sex since 1977, 18 senators said Thursday. Full story

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The Gaskin boys celebrate Howard Gaskin's 100th blood donation by donating as a family
The Gaskin boys celebrate Howard Gaskin's 100th blood donation by donating as a family

CAMBRIDGE, ONT - The Gaskin boys celebrate Howard Gaskin's 100th blood donation by donating as a family at the Cambridge mobile blood clinic on Saturday. In front is Howard on the left, and his son Knox after his first ever donation. From back left Patrick, his son Robin, eldest brother Mark, and hi