Cayce-West Columbia Chamber hosting blood drive on Thursday

Blood driveGive Blood at the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Thursday.

It’s at 1006 12 St. to schedule go to: redcrossblood.org code “Chamber” or call the Chamber at 803-794-6504.

Benefits of Donating

  • It feels great to donate!
  • You get free juice and delicious cookies.
  • It’s something you can spare – most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do.
  • You will be someone’s hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.
Don’t wait! Sign up today! Special giveaways for everyone that donatesblood!Register here:
http://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp?zipSponsor=chamberEligibility Requirements:
http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements

Facts about blood needs

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
  • Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

 

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