If you’ve never donated blood before, think for just a moment that a part of you can save someone’s life. Literally.
There is no substitute for blood or blood products. Although the industry is feverishly trying to find a way to manufacture supplements, we are years away from that being a reality.
Do you know anyone that has ever suffered from a trauma due to an accident? How about a burn victim? Do you know anyone that has had heart surgery? An organ transplant? Or a woman who has had complications during childbirth? Know anyone who has had a newborn or premature baby? What about cancer? Leukemia, cancer and other diseases (such as sickle cell anemia) all require blood and blood products to assist patients in their fight against these diseases.
Every two seconds someone needs blood. Consider that deeply. In the two minutes it takes for you to read this article, 60 people in the U.S. need a transfusion. Odds are that someone you know either has had a transfusion or will have a transfusion in their lifetime.
So we know all of this, yet our nation continues to suffer from shortages. Our society is so busy, so connected and so consumed that donating blood rarely crosses our minds or makes it to the top of our to-do lists.
I am hoping our readers will take the time to donate now. Please don’t wait until a loved one needs blood to realize the importance. You can make a difference today!
Please go to http://www.americasblood.org, click Give Blood, enter your zip code and find the nearest blood center to you. Save a life today.