This year start the New Year doing something that will benefit more than just you, save a life by donating blood! Usually by this time each year most resolutions have fallen by the way side as so many of us get caught in the business of modern life however there is still time to make a difference! Did you know that about 37% of Americans can donate blood but only around 5% actually do? And here in So Cal its even lower, down at 3%! Why donate YOUR blood? Well, here are some interesting facts about the need for blood:
WHO NEEDS DONATED BLOOD?
Blood donations are used every day for surgery patients, cancer patients, accident victims, bone marrow recipients, burn patients and organ transplant recipients; just to name a few of the beneficiaries.
A heart surgery patient needs up to 6 units of red blood cells and 1 platelet transfusion.
A liver transplant recipient needs up to 20 units of red blood cells, 25 units of plasma and 2 platelet transfusions.
A cancer patient needs up to 8 platelet transfusions per week. Cancer patients account for almost 20 percent of all blood transfusions given.
A sickle cell anemia patient needs 2 to 10 units of red blood cells per treatment.
A marrow transplant recipient needs up to 20 units of red blood cells and 25 platelet transfusions.
A trauma victim may need up to 50 units of red blood cells as well as plasma and platelets.
One in seven people will need a blood transfusion sometime in their lifetime. Blood needs to be donated, tested, ready and available for transfusion before it’s needed.
Feel like helping out now? Great! The Bloodmobile will be here at Raceway Ford in Riverside, CA on Tuesday January 7th from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm. Donors will recieve a coupon for two free tacos from neighboring Jack in the Box and a cool “Are You My Type’ tee-shirt while supplies last in addition to knowing you helped save a life! Stop by and help us (B)Lead By Example wont you?!!