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Helping Those Around Us

By Wendy Binder, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Marine Staff Sgt. Beau Curtis receives award from Navy Lt. Jacob Hasty, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center director, for his on-going support of the ASBP and its mission.
Marine Staff Sgt. Beau Curtis receives award from Navy Lt. Jacob Hasty, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center director, for his on-going support of the ASBP and its mission.
The Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center is always looking for donors with type O blood. NMCCL BDC is one of only two donor centers in the Armed Services Blood Program that freezes blood. O-positive and O-negative are the main blood types that are collected for freezing. This can often times be a challenge.

Hosting three to four blood drives a week helps to ensure that the donor center collects all the O type needed to meet its mission but sometimes last minute drives or in-house collections are necessary to help meet the need. In these circumstances, repeat O blood donors are called upon to help fill the gap.

Marine Staff Sergeant Beau Curtis is one of the NMCCL BDC’s loyal donors. When called upon, he always makes time to come in and donate.

“My real motivation stems from my belief that we should do what we can to help those around us,” Curtis explains. “Abdu’l-Baha wrote, ‘Man is he who forgets his own interests for the sake of others. His own comfort he forfeits for the well-being of all.’”

His faith and eagerness to help others is not his only motivation to donate. While on deployment, Curtis saw first-hand the need for blood.

“During my only deployment to Afghanistan, a Marine was brought into Leatherneck. He was seriously injured and the medical staff broadcast camp-wide that they were short on blood and needed as many donors as possible. Even though I’ve always made excuses not to donate, I recognized that it was my duty to help my brothers in whichever way I could,” he stated.

Curtis even helps spread the word about the importance of donating; another way that shows his commitment to the ASBP mission and saving lives.

“I tell people that this one little thing could save someone’s brother, mother, newborn or other loved one, what would they want someone else to do?”

It’s donors like Curtis that make it possible for the ASBP and NMCCL BDC to get what is needed to make a difference in someone’s life.

“I think the ASBP is an amazing program with a vital mission. I would hate to imagine what state the Armed Services would be in without them. This program feeds directly into all six F’s developed by the Marine Corps University for Marine leader development: Fidelity, Fighter, Fitness, Family, Finances and Future.” said Curtis

Those guidelines, in addition to his unwavering support of the ASBP, have ensured that blood needed for active duty, family members and retirees is always available.

Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune’s Blood Donor Center commends Marine Staff Sgt. Beau Curtis and all of its donors for the extraordinary contribution they make by donating blood and saving countless lives. Without the constant donor support, the fulfillment of this mission would be impossible.

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.