Donner Sang Compter

Yorgui Teyrouz

"Today I gave my 100th donation.
In 10 years, I gave to my friends, I gave to my teachers, I gave to my relatives, I gave to complete strangers, I even gave to a Jehovah witness (secretly)! I gave to newborns, I gave to the elderly, I gave in Lebanon and outside of Lebanon. I gave during the day, and I gave in the middle of the night! Some of them died, some others are still alive! But the biggest joy of them all is that I encouraged all the people I know to do the same!
I‘d like to send a message to the nurses and technicians who told me 10 years ago that I can‘t give blood and platelets because I had thin veins: When you reject a donor because you‘re too lazy or too tired, keep in mind that by demotivating this donor, you end up losing hundreds of blood units for hundreds of patients in the coming years!
And for all those who have been turned down before, I tell you don‘t give up, keep on trying, keep on touching people‘s lives one drop at a time! You might extend the patient‘s life by a few minutes, sometimes days, weeks, years maybe! We do what we have to do and the rest is in the hands of God Almighty!
To my wonderful volunteers, happy 4th anniversary!
100 is just a number! We got work to do! Let's keep the fire burning!

#OneBlood #OneLove"

Khalil Azar

"During the 2006 summer war, my parents encouraged me to go to the nearest blood bank to donate blood because eventually someone will need a blood transfusion especially in times of war.
Few months later i met Yorgui so I registered my name with Donner Sang Compter (back then DSC was just a stand alone project) and I became a regular blood/Platelet donor... Donating blood is safe, it‘s simple and most importantly it helps sparing lives. And when u think about life as the ultimate gift that God gave us, I think there is no better way to preserve it than to give blood. I believe in donating blood because I love that others may live. Just like most donors I find it painless and a heart-warming experience :)
I do it for my family, I do it for my friends, I do it for Lebanon, but most of all i do it because it is the right thing to do!!"

Samer Harb

"Almost anyone with a clean medical history can give blood, and you only need to visit the hospital for a couple of minutes and voilaaa! You just saved a life!
Definitely this is the most rewarding and effortless act of unselfishness. Those who donate blood once, donate many more times because they realize that their little graceful contribution saves lives. Donating blood just feels right: saving a life has never been so easy. It is only until I donated blood seven times that I realized how small a number seven is."

Souraya El Hakim

"I‘m so happy and proud to help save a life every time I donate platelets!!! And most of all, it is a true challenge for me with my thalassemia, always this fear of not being able to donate, of being rejected!!!"

Antoine Maksoud

"Bonjourr, aucune parole ne pourra exprimer notre gratitude. Grâce Dieu et à votre Mission, l'op de ma mère a réussi. Nous remercions ts les bénévoles à DSC et les donateurs très généreux, surtout les 5 B- qui ont pu venir à l'hopital, nous les avons contactés pour les remercier. Que le bon Dieu vous protège et benisse votre action humanitaire."

Diana

Born in 1989, Diana Abou Hamia was looking to have a normal happy life, just like any other child.But 3 months after she came to life, she was diagnosed with thalassemia, and had to give up on many of her dreams.
With blood transfusions in need every 20 days at the Chronic Care Center, it was a huge task to find donors around the country ready to provide her with the urgent pints this frequently.
"Sometimes the Lebanese Red Cross helped me, and some others people in the town contributed to fulfilling the demands, but I suffered because they had to spread the news via radio stations and mention my name in public, which hurt me a lot. They even mentioned my name on the microphone at mosques."
The struggles and ordeals would last 24 years, during which Diana never lost faith, and kept a beautiful smile on her face. Another chapter was to be written in her life in 2014, with a bone marrow transplantation set to cut short her needs for blood transfusions and liberate her from the disease. That was the first surgery in Lebanon for a thalassemia patient at the age of 24.
"It [The surgery] was on January 16, 2014 with 6 months of isolation. I always had the faith that I will do the transplantation. Not only my life has changed after the surgery but also my parents’, who always supported me, and their willpower made me strong. When I was around 11, I wanted to travel to the UK to do the surgery but it didn’t work out, until a student unfortunately died while undergoing a surgery. This made his parents donate money to allow my operation to proceed and I was super happy! I had the surgery 2 years ago, but the final results came in last month, and here I am today donating blood and saving the lives of other people in need!"
"My blood type was O+ before the surgery, and became A+ after it because my brother was the donor and I got his bone marrow and same blood type!"
Today, Diana is an English teacher at the Lebanese International College, and a Lebanese Red Cross volunteer and first aid trainer for 7 years. She is finally able to chase her dreams, and is back to studying English at the Lebanese university of Zahle, after having to stop for a while to receive the treatment.
"Honestly, I kept no shots of the blood transfusions I had, because it was not a moment to remember. But this photo of myself donating blood for the first time today at 26, I will keep it close to my heart, and try from now on to donate every 3 months and help others, the way they helped me!"
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