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Community Matters: Blood Donation

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It takes a lot of courage to be a activist, but it takes even more patience to be a dedicated leader. This Community Matters focuses on someone who has throughout their life has donated blood--giving a part of themselves to those in need.

Bonnie Campo has more.

Almost every employee signed up to donate blood at North Dakota Guaranty and Title Company, all because of their boss Paula Bachmeier. She has donated 156 units of blood, and encourages others to give because she considers it part of everyone's job.

(Paula Bachmeier, Guaranty and Title Company) "Think of a catastrophe, or you're involved in a multi-car accident, and they need blood and oh I'm sorry I was too busy today, so no I didn't give. Oh I'm sorry I don't like needles, I didn't give, and now you die or a family member dies because it inconvenienced you to take 20 minutes of your day every eight weeks to give blood."

Her motivation for donating started at a young age.

(Paula Bachmeier, Blood Donor) "Well I was going to college in Williston, and one of friends said do you know you get paid to give blood, and I said no, but I'm broke so let's go for it. I gave blood for the first time in 1974, and yes that ages me. We got paid $5, and that filled up a tank of gas, and got us money for lunch and we were both pretty happy in doing it. We are both O negative, which means we are internationally donors. We can save all of you, but you can't save us so I got my sister involved with it. We raced to get our five gallon pin. I continue to give sporadically, then my son was diagnosed with leukemia, and it became very personal for me. And so, since that time I harassed cajoled, and begged people to give blood. We have a blood drive annually with our board of realtors in August and that's been going on probably for ten or eleven years."

She has donated over 100 times, and even technicians who draw that blood that's pretty rare.

(Miranda Missen, United Blood Services) "Paula has extreme dedication which is very important to our patients receiving the blood. It's very important that they have an ample supply of blood, and if we don't have dedicated donors like her we don't have a blood supply."

United Blood says they are always looking for more to host donations. In Minot-- Bonnie Campo, KX News.

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