Patients receiving organ transplants, cancer therapies and support for sickle cell anemia depend on lifesaving transfusions. Blood is also critical to the survival of premature babies and patients undergoing heart or joint replacement surgery.
Blood also plays a life-saving role in serious accidents, civil and military conflicts, and widespread tragedies, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
January is National Blood Donor Month Here in the U.S. every two seconds someone needs blood. In order to provide for those individuals more than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day. In honor of National Blood Donor Month make a decision to donate blood.
You are never too old to donate. Seniors should not be discouraged from donating if they meet the following medical requirements:
- In good health
- At least 17 years old (There is no upper age limit.)
- Weigh at least 110 pounds
To find a blood drive near you and to learn about your own eligibility to donate please visit: http://www.redcrossblood.org/