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Feel helpless? You're not.
You can give life to someone.
Just wanted to encourage those who are able, to donate blood and platelets.
Here are some quick facts:
There is no substitute for blood.
A single whole blood donation can save the lives of as many as four people.
Cancer patients, organ and stem cell recipients, victims of traumatic injuries and patients undergoing open-heart surgery all require platelet transfusions to survive. Because platelets can only be stored for five days, the need is vast and continuous......Fortunately, a platelet donor can give every seven days.
90% of us will need blood before age 70, but less than 10% of the general population actually donates blood.
Every three minutes, someone needs a life-sustaining blood transfusion.
Victims of car accidents can require up to 50 units of blood per hour until they stabilize.
Sickle Cell patients require up to four units per month for life.
Cancer treatments can require four or more units of blood.
Brain surgery requires anywhere from two to 25 units.
Hip replacement surgery calls for two to five units.