10.02.2013 / Blog Posts Community Events
Dr. Grace Banez-Sese, Medical Director for Inova Blood Donor Services
During the month of October, Inova Blood Donor Services (IBDS), honors all breast cancer patients, survivors, as well as families who honor the memory of loved ones lost to breast cancer with a special event hosted by the Washington Redskins. This event will be held at FedExField, and encourages Women of Washington and all Redskins fans to roll up their sleeve and donate blood for the cure.
Blood donor centers in the US depend solely on the generosity of volunteer donors to meet the blood product needs in their communities. Although blood transfusions are required every three seconds, it is estimated that 38% of the 311 million US population is eligible, but only 5% actually donate blood.
Why should I donate blood?
Fact: There is no substitute for human blood. It can only be collected from a volunteer blood donor.
Fact: Blood donations have proven health benefits for donors. Donating blood provides free mini-physical examinations such as body temperature, blood pressure check, and infectious disease testing.
Fact: Blood transfusions save millions of lives in the US every year. Approximately 15 million whole blood units are donated annually from 10 million donors including repeat donors. The whole blood is separated into three blood components: red blood cells, platelets and plasma. The various blood products can then be transfused according to the needs of a patient undergoing surgery, those with blood disorders, patients with traumatic injuries, or complications from cancer therapy.
Fact: Blood transfusions are often given after patient complications from chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy which cause bone marrow suppression. When the patient has severe anemia and low platelet counts, this indicates a need for red cell or platelet transfusions. Approximately one million red cell units are transfused to anemic cancer patients annually in the US.
Women represent the most first time blood donors. It is encouraging to know that many breast cancer survivors, who received donated blood products themselves, often return as blood donors when they are eligible and have completed all their cancer therapy. While blood donor centers vary in their eligibility requirements for these breast cancer patients, it is heart-warming to see these previous recipients give back to the same communities that supported them when they needed it the most.
At IBDS, we encourage and welcome all our donors, and do our utmost to show them how much we appreciate the wonderful lifesaving gift that their blood donation does to help save three patients’ lives each time they give. We respect and honor their courage and strength in battling and overcoming breast cancer.
Saturday, October 12
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Blood Donors receive:
EXCLUSIVE Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt
Chance to win Redskins Game Tickets
Plus…Special appearances by the Redskins Cheerleaders & more!
For Appointments: Call 1-866-BLOODSAVES or visit inova.org/donateblood.
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