Andrea Trisdale: Giving Blood

Andrea Trisdale attended Baylor University, holding a degree in Communications. She also attended the Austin Institute of Real Estate and is a licensed realtor who works at Urban Squared Realty in Austin, Texas.

She is a longtime blood donor who is a vocal advocate for blood donations. As she knows, more than four and a half million people need a blood transfusion every year in the United States and Canada; every single day, there are some forty-three thousand pints of blood used in hospitals throughout North America. Not everyone can be a blood donor: in fact, only thirty-seven percent of the American population is eligible to give blood, underscoring the importance of generous and selfless blood donors like Andrea Trisdale.

To be a blood donor, she says, you must be healthy and at least seventeen years old. You also have to weigh at least one hundred and ten pounds. People who meet those criteria are able to donate one pint of blood every fifty-six days, on average, depending on their iron levels. A pint of blood is the average donation.

Andrea Trisdale
Andrea Trisdale

“Each donation,” Andrea Trisdale is fond of pointing out, “saves two lives.” That’s because there are four types of products that can be derived from a pint of whole blood: red cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate. Since each pint of whole blood can be separated into two or three of these products, each donation has the potential of saving multiple people.

Andrea Trisdale reminds people that donating blood is easy to do. You register, provide a medical history and a mini-physical, and make the donation. When it’s over donors get a cookie. The whole thing only takes about an hour and fifteen minutes, with the actual donation only taking about twelve minutes.

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Andrea Trisdale: Phone Art

Andrea Trisdale is a talented young woman who lives and works in Austin, Texas. She is a tremendously creative person who finds her greatest satisfaction in painting and the dramatic arts. “I’m a happy person that enjoys life and all that it has to offer,” she says. “I try to share that with others in my attitude, actions, and art.” Her art ­– in particular her painting – is her way of expressing herself, and the way that she sees things. “I paint feelings, not just pictures,” she says. Me and my art May 2014Andrea Trisdale has loved art ever since she was a kid. Today she markets her work through her own business, Art by Ande (http://www.artbyande.com). She paints mostly abstract impressionism but says that she is open to creating all kinds of art. While she is drawn first to acrylic on canvas, her work has also appeared on cell phone cases, including some on which she has painted directly onto the phone case itself. “Mini art, phone art!” she declares. Les Belles Feuilles - Art By Ande iPhone Case - Andrea Trisdale's Original Artwork Andrea Trisdale is also an animal lover who volunteers her time to a local shelter called Austin Pets Alive!, which runs programs that are designed to save animals that are most at risk for euthanasia. She is greatly concerned about homeless animals, the Austin Pets Alive! philosophy is a perfect fit with her own. “I love animals,” she says, “and want to do my part to reduce the homeless animal population, and support Austin being a no-kill city.”

Andrea Trisdale – Be The Match

Andrea Trisdale is a realtor who works at Urban Squared Realty in Austin, Texas. She studied at the Austin Institute of Real Estate and is a member of the Austin Board of Realtors.

But her true passion in life is creating art. “Everyone can use a little beauty and love in their life,” she says, “and I try to express that in my art.” She markets her work through her own business, Art by Ande.

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Andrea Trisdale is also passionate about bone marrow donation. As she knows, bone marrow transplants provide hope to people who are facing leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, and other life-threatening conditions. “I am a registered bone marrow donor with Be the Match organization, which is very close to my heart,” she says. “I encourage others to register as well… they could one day save someone’s life.”

Be the Hope. Be the Life. Be the Match
Be the Hope. Be the Life. Be the Match

Be the Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, and it manages the largest bone marrow registry in the world. Andrea Trisdale believes that it is hard to overstate the importance of bone marrow transplants: seventy percent of people who are in need of one do not have a matching donor in their family.

As Andrea Trisdale knows, the purpose of a bone marrow transplant in someone diagnosed with leukemia is to replenish the patient with healthy cells and bone marrow, which can be damaged or killed by high doses of the chemotherapy and radiation often used to treat the patient. After a successful bone marrow transplant, the body beings producing new blood cells. In some cases the new blood cells will even attack and destroy those cancer cells that survived the radiation or chemo, although when that happens it is a bonus.