Blood donors honored during Donate Life Month

April 1, 2010

News Release     

Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region 

Media Contacts: Bridget Tuohey, 313-576-4184                                        April 2010
                         Martha Roemer Kurtz, 313-494-2745                      


Blood donors honored during Donate Life Month

 Every day, about 77 people nationwide receive a second chance because another person chose to give the gift of life. And every day in April, people across the United States are asked to celebrate that kindness by recognizing those who donate organs, tissue, marrow and blood.
“National Donate Life Month provides a way we can honor and support people who have decided to help others in an exceptionally personal and important way,” said Diane E. Ward, CEO, for the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “It’s also a time to encourage people of all ages to consider becoming a donor and help save lives.”
More than 98,000 people in the U.S. are in need of an organ transplant. Transplant recipients may also need blood products during surgery. A liver transplant patient might need up to 10 units of red cells, 20 units of plasma and 10 units of platelets; and a heart transplant patient up to six units of red cells. Blood products may also be needed for extended periods. Patients undergoing a bone marrow transplant may need one to two units of red cells every-other-day for four weeks, and six to eight units of platelets daily for four to six weeks.
Donations of blood, marrow and tissue are also vital to saving countless lives, and for improving the quality of life for hospital patients who are seriously ill or injured. Every day, patients across the U.S. need about 39,000 units of blood.
“Whatever you may decide to donate, you will be helping someone, somewhere,”said Ward. “You have a lot of power to help save lives, simply by rolling up your sleeves to donate blood, or by signing up to give in other ways.”