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Donate Blood, Save Lives: How Blood Donation Works

I’ve always wondered, why we don’t donate more blood, more often?

Someone in the US needs blood every 2 seconds, according to the American Red Cross. That’s a pretty astounding statistic. But blood donations aren’t just for people in car accidents or surgeries.

Our young cancer patients also need blood, including platelets and red blood cells. Their bone marrow sometimes can’t make enough blood during chemotherapy, and some patients require frequent transfusions.

Also read: Donate Life Month: How Donating Blood And Bones Helps Kids Fight Cancer

Maybe it’s because blood drives are not easy to find. But you can always locate the closest blood drive to you through the American Red Cross.

Could it be that most people don’t know how big of a difference their donation will make? Or maybe it’s really that the process is too complicated?

The reason we donate blood is simple and the impact is astronomical, but the process is a little complicated. Here’s an infographic on how blood donation works, and here’s hoping that more of us will want to spend an hour of our time to donate.

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Anisa Hoie
I've been a nurse for nearly 32 years, mostly taking care of kids with cancer. My job is to give the kids and their families a personal touch while they go through treatment.

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