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Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. This constant need for blood can only be met by generous donors like you, and when you give blood, you could save the life of a cancer patient or someone needing open-heart surgery. Remember, it’s the blood on the shelves hospitals turn to in emergency situations.
- Latest impact statement:
- During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, blood donations are urgently needed to help patients battling cancer and for everyday emergencies. o The American Cancer Society estimates more than 281,000 women and 2,500 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021. Blood, platelets and plasma can help those undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.
- Blood drive cancellations forced by COVID-19 precautions continue to severely impact the blood supply. Vitalant needs to collect about 1,000 additional donations each week to make up for those uncollected donations.
- There is a critical need for platelets, which are primarily given to cancer patients to help stop bleeding, as well as type O blood.
- Those who are eligible to donate are urged to visit an alternate community blood drive or Vitalant donation center to help make sure donation levels can keep ahead of patients’ needs.
- Blood donors transform the lives of patients like David, who is alive today with the help of 39 blood donors. In March of 2017, his doctor sent him to the ER where an oncologist confirmed that David had leukemia and would have survived only three or four weeks had he not come to the hospital. David spent 100 days in the hospital enduring rounds of chemotherapy, overcoming medical setbacks, and receiving blood transfusions before he finally heard the words “your cancer is in remission”! “Blood donors gave me a chance to get married, and last fall, become a father,” said David. “I am so inspired by their sacrifice.” #GiveBlood to help patients like David: https://fb.watch/8lFVXxDQuR/
- Jaziel survived leukemia three times thanks to 134 blood donors. He was just seven years old when he was first diagnosed. “My childhood was interrupted by cancer,” reflected Jaziel. “Having had cancer for six long, extremely emotional years, I can say I always knew I wasn’t alone thanks to my generous blood donors.” Now cancer-free, Jaziel is studying to become an oncology nurse so that he can use his experience to help other patients through their cancer treatments. #GiveBlood to help give patients like Jaziel hope during their treatment: https://fb.watch/8lFZ-Z2xzz/