Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
In May of 2013, Emily experienced a ruptured ectopic pregnancy that caused intense pain and internal bleeding. After collapsing at home, she was rushed to the hospital and into surgery where she received a blood transfusion.
Emily is with us today thanks to the skill and care of paramedics, doctors and nurses who treated her and the volunteer donors who helped save her life.
"This kept my family whole," says Emily. "This kept me here. This allowed my son to still have a mother, and allowed my husband to still have a wife. It was a feeling of being forever grateful."
As the school year ends and summer holidays begin, the rate of blood donation decreases by about 20%, but patient need at hospitals we serve remains the same.Find a Donor Center or mobile blood drive near you by calling (800) 747-5401 or schedule online at www.bloodcenterIMPACT.org.