About Heal for Real

Heal for Real is an initiative that has sprung from the year-long partnership between Blood Centers of America (BCA) and Team Liquid, with the aim of increasing awareness of the importance of blood donation and encourages donations amongst 18 – 35-year old people.

Team Liquid recognizes the paramount importance of blood donation, and wants to call on their community to help support this cause.

Please don’t get us wrong: all donations are highly appreciated! Heal for Real focuses on young men, because this group is lagging behind: most donors are women, mostly over 60 years old. This is why we have chosen to focus on this group over other potential donors with Heal for Real. But that doesn’t mean that your donation isn’t appreciated if you don’t belong to this group! It just means you’re ahead of the game.

Both BCA and Team Liquid are committed to the cause and their initiative, and no partnerships with other esports organizations are currently being considered.

Heal for Real is an initiative from Blood Centers America (BCA) and Team Liquid. This means that if your area is served by a blood center that is not a BCA member, they will not be part of the Heal for Real initiative, and you therefore sadly cannot get a t-shirt in your area. Also, there are a number of BCA blood centers that for different reason aren’t part of the Heal for Real initiative. Please don’t let this keep you from donating however! Your donation is still very much needed and appreciated.

Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation is a freestanding private foundation dedicated to advancing the art and science of transfusion medicine with a mission of championing excellence in transfusion medicine. It is our hope that, through our mission, we build a stronger community of hospitals, health care providers, and patients.

Blood Centers of America (BCA) is a member-owned organization comprised of over 50 independent blood centers throughout North America, representing nearly 40% of the U.S. blood supply. Along with their core business of providing a substantial portion of U.S. blood supply, other BCA member services include patient blood management, transfusion services, immunohematology testing, therapeutic apheresis and tissue and cord blood banking. In addition, BCA members provide a variety of human blood products, cells and tissues to the therapeutic, diagnostic and cell therapy industries. Learn more at www.bca.coop.

About becoming a donor

You can donate blood if you are at least 18 years old (16 in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in good health. However, under certain circumstances you may not be allowed to donate, or your blood may be disapproved after donation. You can read more here

Your blood is made up of different components, all of which can be donated. For your first time, we suggest you go for a whole blood donation. Once you arrive for your first appointment, your local blood center can tell you more about the different ways to continue to donate in the future.

No, it is not at all. You will feel a small pinch when the needle is inserted but remember, you are healing for real with your lifesaving donation.

The whole process, for whole blood donation including registration, takes about an hour. The actual donation itself is done in 10 minutes. A platelet donation will take longer, up to two hours in some cases.

Don’t drink alcohol the day you go in to donate blood, and make sure you eat and drink well on the day of donating.

You may feel a little weaker than normal, and it’s important you eat and drink well after your donation, which is why we provide you with a snack and something to drink straight after you’ve donated. You may not want to engage in strenuous activity too soon after your first donation or lift heavy objects. Other than that, you shouldn’t experience any side effects.

It is safe to donate blood, and we encourage healthy individuals to donate so that blood is available for those patients who need it.

These are some of the measures we are taking to keep staff and donors safe:

  1. Adopt measures for donors to maintain a recommended distance of 6 feet of separation between them and other donors and staff during their time in the center.
  2. Blood Centers are taking appointments only for donation and are staggering appointments to allow for separation.
  3. Blood Centers will text or phone you when it’s your turn to donate and you’ll be asked to wear a mask.
  4. Some Blood Centers take your temperature before you enter the facility.
  5. Donors wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after donation. Staff wear gloves. Donor beds are disinfected between donors. Other hard surfaces are disinfected frequently.
  6. Other measures used to donors and staff safe:
    • Installing clear barriers at registration areas
    • Providing new, unused pens to each donor for the pre-screening questionnaire.
    • Disinfecting donor clipboards and chairs after every use.
  7. Regularly and frequently disinfecting high touch surfaces, including:
    • door handles, sink handles, chairs, tables, and other items in registration, interview rooms, donation, and refreshment areas.
    • Increased professional cleaning services
  8. Donors are discouraged from bringing family members to the center and visitors are restricted to essential personnel/vendors.
  9. In most blood centers, staff have their temperature taken before they begin work
  10. Staff follow CDC recommended guidelines for use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which includes gloves and masks.
    • Asking all donors/visitors upon entering if they have had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having Coronavirus within the last 14 days.
    • Asking all donors/visitors upon entering if they have been diagnosed or suspected of having Coronavirus within the last 14 days.
  11. Snacks and drinks are limited to single packaged items.

About esports / Team Liquid

Esports is an overall term for is competitive multiplayer video gaming, viewed by an audience (either online or live) usually performed for an audience. This can be in established leagues with seasons which echo sports league like the NBA, like Major League Baseball, or in single tournaments that run over the course of one or multiple weeks. Esports covers a wide range of different types of games, such as Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games, sports games, first person shooter games, and even card games. As an Esports is an international industry, esports is estimated to exceed $1B in revenue in 2019.

Team Liquid is one of the oldest and most successful global esports organizations with over 65 athletes competing across 17 distinct games including League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Fortnite.

Whilst esports itself does not show direct ties to blood donation, its audience is highly relevant. The esports audience consists largely of young fans, which is the exact group that is lacking in blood donor databases. Hence, Team Liquid has decided to use their reach and tight-knit community to further this cause.