Despite Strong "D" Blood Supply Still Needs Some "O"
New York Blood Center’s (NYBC) successful eight-month partnership with the 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee featured generous support for NYBC events and initiatives, bringing out scores of donors who helped keep blood supplies strong.
Despite this strong “D,” however, community blood supplies are still missing some “O”: O-negative blood, the highly valuable “universal donor” blood that can be transfused into anyone, regardless of blood type. O-negative blood is found in just six percent of the population, and is transfused to patients in emergency rooms and trauma situations when there is no time for blood typing.
Inventories of O-negative blood are now at less than a three-day supply. This call for additional O-negative donations came as NYBC thanked the Super Bowl Host Committee for one of the most successful partnerships in its history. Among the initiatives: NYBC sent four-time blood donor Emily Fitzgerald and her brother from Arkansas to the Super Bowl this weekend with a pair of tickets donated by the Host Committee.
“More than a quarter of a million names were entered in our ticket sweepstakes, representing everyone who donated blood with us from May 24 to January 17,” said NYBC Vice President Rob Purvis. “Since MetLife Stadium has a capacity of 82,500, we could fill it three times over just with our generous donors. We’re so grateful to the 2014 New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee for this opportunity to recognize and encourage blood donation.”
"The Super Bowl is all about recognizing the heroes on the playing field," added Purvis. "This campaign has demonstrated the altruistic heroism of our communities and the Host Committee. Now, we just need our 'universal donors' to step up and bring it home."
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 hemocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), 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 over 75 may donate with a doctor's note.
About the 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee: In an unprecedented decision by NFL team owners, the New York/New Jersey region was awarded the 2014 Super Bowl on May 25, 2010.
The New York and New Jersey region provided visiting fans an unparalleled Super Bowl experience – complete with a multitude of exceptional venues, landmark destinations, and sightseeing and shopping opportunities. The area offers 40 Broadway theatres, 60 Off-Broadway theatres, more than 100 museums and nearly 1,700 public parks, as well as more than 18,000 restaurant choices and 275 world-class hotels with 100,000 hotel rooms, suitable for a wide range of tastes and budgets.
MetLife Stadium is the only stadium to serve as the home to two NFL teams, the New York Giants and New York Jets. As such, it was able to provide equal “home field advantage” to both competing teams, with two of everything – including locker rooms, training rooms, home team coaches booths, and premium in-game medical treatment facilities, as well as two full-practice training facilities, the Timex Performance Center and Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
About New York Blood Center: New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. For 50 years, NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to hospitals serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world's largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals along with consultative services in transfusion medicine. Please visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/newyorkbloodcenter. Follow us on Twitter: @NYBloodCenter. Website: www.nybloodcenter.org