I started donating blood on 9/11. Like many other I felt completely helpless that day. Sadly they didn't need anyone's blood, but I gave anyway. I gave every 8 weeks from that day until the day I learned that I could help someone going through chemotheraphy replace the platelets they lose during treatment. This takes a little longer, but it is so worth it.
Here are a few facts for ya'...
- Someone needs blood every two seconds.
- Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.
- One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
- Platelets promote blood clotting and give those with leukemia and other cancers a chance to live.
- Much of today's medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.
- Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
- Cancer, transplant and trauma patients, and patients undergoing open-heart surgery may require platelet transfusions to survive.
- If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future.