World Blood Donor Day is June 14
Every blood donor is a hero
The idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood will be the focus of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
“The need for blood is universal, just like air or water,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “World Blood Donor Day provides the chance for all of us to recognize that blood is essential to health care across the globe.”
With the 2012 theme “every blood donor is a hero,” organizers of World Blood Donor Day are working to boost the number of people on every continent who give blood on a regular basis. Worldwide, about 92 million blood donations are made each year. But according to the World Health Organization, more than 70 countries have blood donation rates that are considered less than necessary to meet basic blood needs. In the United States, about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but only a fraction actually donates.
“Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood,” said Wilson. “Patients with emergency and ongoing medical needs depend on blood from volunteer donors to help save their lives.”
In Central Ohio alone, the Red Cross needs approximately 800 blood donors each day to meet the needs of patients at 42 area hospitals.
“Volunteer blood donors who give on a regular basis are the silent and unsung heroes who help save lives every day,” said Wilson. “In a world that’s getting more complex every day, it’s nice to know the simple act of giving blood can make a huge difference.”
Those interested in giving blood can find a blood drive by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.