Blood Donors Needed to be Everyday Heroes
April 2015 - Texas Blood Institute, (TBI) urges all healthy adults to donate blood at this April. Each donor will receive a ‘HERO” T-shirt. Anyone 16 and older* can typically donate.
“Blood donors are typically very humble about their good deeds,” said John Armitage M.D., CEO and president of Texas Blood Institute. “But to the grateful patients who get a second chance at life thanks to life-saving blood treatments, donors are nothing short of heroes.”
One in every seven people entering a hospital will need blood. However, of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., only about ten percent actually do. Giving blood takes about an hour, and each donation can save as many as three different lives. Donations can be made every 56 days.
Although all blood types are needed, those with negative type blood are especially urged to donate. Only 18 percent of the population has negative blood types. Yet, patients with negative blood types can only receive blood from those 18 percent who have negative types.
Donors can opt to forgo the T-shirts, and instead, support Global Blood Fund (GBF). TBI will contribute on behalf of these donors to GBF to provide supplies and technology to struggling blood centers. In the countries they serve, lives are lost daily due to an inadequate blood supply.
* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds