Friday, January 10, 2014

January is National Blood Donor Month

There are over 56,000 people living in the City of Redmond. One thing we all have in common is that blood is continuously circulating through our bodies, keeping us going every day.
 
There is no shortage of blood. Actually, there is a shortage of blood donors.
 
·         Subtract everyone under the age of 16- they can’t donate.
·         Subtract all the patients in our hospitals and clinics who are receiving blood transfusions, undergoing cancer treatment or recovering from surgery.
·         Subtract a chunk of our ever growing population of jet-setters and globe-trotters because visits to some countries or regions can render a potential donor temporarily ineligible
·         Subtract everyone with cold or flu symptoms
 
You are left with 35% of the population who are eligible to give at any given time. This is our potential. These are the people we reach out to, to say, “you are healthy, and we need you. Will you donate blood?”
 
Of those 35%, only 5% say yes.
 
JANUARY is National Blood Donor Month- a chance to celebrate the 5% of our population who ensure that blood is there for the 100% of us who may need it someday.  To you we say, Thank You!
 

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