New York Blood Center Joins WHO in Celebration of World Blood Donor Day
Join Millions Across the World on June 14th
June 10, 2015, New York, NY – New York Blood Center (NYBC) is asking donors to join the annual World Blood Donor Day celebrations by giving the gift of life on Sunday, June 14th. With this year’s theme, “Thank you for saving my life,” the World Health Organization (WHO) commends blood donors around the world, while encouraging others to do so as well.
World Blood Donor Day comes at a crucial time. The summer months are a challenging time to collect blood – school breaks, vacations and warm weather have negative impacts on blood drive scheduling and donor attendance. However, the need for blood never takes a holiday. About 4.5 million Americans receive blood transfusions every year, including cancer patients, trauma victims, newborn babies, and new mothers.
“Most of us know someone who has needed blood, and participating in World Blood Donor Day is a great way to pay it forward,” said Andrea Cefarelli, Executive Director of Donor Recruitment at NYBC. “Summer blood donations help us stay on track so we can continue to provide life-saving units to patients and hospitals.”
On June 14th, NYBC will partner with 22 community blood drives in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey. Many donor centers will be open for walk-in appointments as well. The entire donation process takes less than an hour, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to donate, as their blood can be used in emergencies. Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.
To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive
Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566
If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please ask someone to donate for you, or consider volunteering at a local blood drive.
Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (parental consent is required for 16-year-olds), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 or older may donate if they have a doctor’s note on file with New York Blood Center or if they bring one on the day of the blood drive.
About New York Blood Center (NYBC)
Now more than 50 years old, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the country. Each year, NYBC provides approximately one million blood products to nearly 200 hospitals in the Northeast. NYBC also provides a wide array of transfusion-related medical services. NYBC is also home to the world’s largest public cord blood bank, which provides stem cells for transplant in many countries, and a renowned research institute, which – among other milestones – developed the Hepatitis B vaccine and innovative blood purification technology.