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.
I was a junior in high school, my doctor talked to my family and I about lung transplantation because there wasn't anything else he could do for me. I was just getting sicker and sicker and antibiotics and breathing treatments weren't helping me anymore. I was accepted into the lung transplant program at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and received a set of lungs on July 8, 1992. I received blood during this surgery.Then, in 2011, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I underwent chemo treatments which made my hemoglobin drop significantly. As a result of that, I received blood again. With my hemoglobin low I was really tired and having trouble breathing. Receiving the blood helped with those issues and helped me get through the chemo treatment.”
~ Janice, two-time blood recipient