Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

Indiana Blood Center celebrates World Blood Donor Day June 14

Indiana Blood Center celebrates World Blood Donor Day June 14

The Missing Type campaign is taking place during National Blood Donor Week, which this year is commemorating its 10th anniversary.

Erica Mani, regional executive director for the American Red Cross, said there has been a yearly decline of 80,000 donors. World Blood Donor Day falls on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (June 14, 1868). The organization is asking people across New York City, the Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey to donate blood to help replenish the blood supply for hospitals throughout the area. You have the power to give them life!

Canadian Blood Services is getting ready to support patients this summer and is inviting Canadians to participate in the global Missing Type campaign from June 11 to 17.

The collection centre of focus for this year is the Ocho Rios Baptist Church in St Ann, where donors are able to give blood between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on World Blood Donor Day.

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Head to the Coastal Bend Blood Center's website for more information on how and when you can donate.

People who suffer from anaemia, STIs, HIV/AIDS, as well as individuals who are underweight or under the age of 16, are among those ineligible to donate.

Every two seconds, someone in the country needs blood.

Mlambo said other sports teams will also be asked to throw their support behind the campaign, while the public can get involved by deleting the "blood types" from their names on social media for the week of June 11 to June 18.

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Educate others in your family, community, and organization about blood donations, and encourage them to donate themselves and/or host a blood drive.

Lily Dotson and her family know how serious blood shortages can be for patients.

Right now, somewhere in Canada, someone needs a blood transfusion to survive. "There are blood drives happening every day if you type in your zip you can probably find three or 34 in your county". "This will inevitably cause a spike in the demand for blood transfusions", said Mlambo. O negative blood donors are considered "universal", and their blood type is needed most readily in trauma situations and emergency rooms across the country.

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