Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

World Blood Donor Day on June 14

World Blood Donor Day on June 14

"Every 2 seconds someone on the US needs blood", said Congressman G.K.Butterfield during the announcement of the missing letter campaign. Over the past four years, new Red Cross blood donors have declined by about 80,000 each year.

Blood donors help patients like 10-year-old Jaidyn Braithwaite recover from life-threatening conditions.

"I started donating platelets once I realized what the importance was to the other patients and the other people in the hospital", Lilly said. Donors also receive helpful notifications to let them know when their local mobile blood drive has been confirmed in their area.

The American Red Cross announced its Missing Types campaign on Monday to recruit new blood donors, with the vanishing letters representing the blood types.

The Red Cross, as well as One Blood, have several opportunities to give in southwest Georgia. "Because you never know when you or someone you know is in desperate need of the blood", Iverson said. By joining the #MissingType movement, donors can find out their blood type this summer.

Canadians are encouraged to remove As, Bs, and Os from their social media handles and posts, from blogs and websites, and in other creative ways to draw attention to the need for more blood donors.

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In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life, Right Here, Right Now in your own community.

Every two seconds, someone in the country needs blood.

The regular Orillia Blood Donor Clinic will be held Thursday, June 14 from 2 p.m.to 7 p.m.at the Best Western Mariposa Inn at 400 Memorial Ave.

Red Cross spokesperson Laura McGuire said the organization is attempting to educate the public on some misconceptions surrounding blood donation.

First launched in 2016, the NZ Blood Service Donor App was created to enhance the donor experience by placing the power to save lives directly in the palm of the donor's hand. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.

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