Be an Everyday Hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month
Central Plains Blood Services Region
WICHITA, Kan, (March 4, 2013) — Blood donors are Everyday Heroes who help save lives. During
March was first proclaimed
The need for blood is constant. From cancer patients and accident victims to premature babies and those with blood disorders, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
Angie Whiteman knows firsthand that blood donors are Everyday Heroes. Angie was diagnosed with leukemia in September 2012. She was immediately hospitalized for a month of intense chemo therapy, followed by two additional rounds of outpatient chemo. Her body did not tolerate the second round of outpatient chemo and she was hospitalized in the intensive care unit for two weeks, fighting for her life. Angie is now at home, continuing her recovery and will soon begin lower dose outpatient chemo to continue her battle against leukemia. During her most critical times, blood helped keep Angie alive. Over the past 6 months, she has received over 50 units of donated blood and platelets.
"I've donated blood multiple times in the past," said Angie. "But, I never realized how lifesaving blood truly is until I needed so much of it to save my own life."
In addition to collecting and distributing about 40 percent of the nation's blood supply, the
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
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