Please contact the Blood Center to schedule a time to give at a donor center or mobile blood drive near you as soon as possible. Call (800) 747-5401, or schedule online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or via our Blood Center Impact App. Thank you!
Blood donor Dick Bailey frequently donates platelets, but he never knew just who he was helping with his donations.
In September of 2008, he learned his platelets were effective in helping an 8-year-old patient in North Carolina, who was receiving treatment for cancer. Doctors for this pediatric cancer patient called repeatedly to request additional units of platelets and Bailey provided a critical resource for the patient's continued care.
While most of the time we don't know who will receive the products we distribute, receiving thanks from this patient's family for assisting her was a moving experience.
Bailey has continued to donate and is a Gold Star Platelet Donor (someone who gives 18-24 times per year).
The Blood Center collects and distributes blood products to hospitals throughout a four-state region. Additional products are distributed through a national resource sharing program designed to maximize use of donated blood products.
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