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January 20, 2010 - January is National Blood Donation Month


 

MMH Spotlight: January is National Blood Donation Month

Fast Facts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood Donation Awareness Year-Round

The first month of the new year has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month since 1970. The main goal is to help those in need of blood, especially in harsh winter environments due to illness, accidents, and unforeseen weather conditions. A blood donation is a gift of life that a healthy individual can give to others in the community who are sick or injured. In one hour’s time, a person can donate one unit of blood that can be separated into four individual components, helping save multiple lives.

 

Donation Facts

 

(Information provided by the Mayo Clinic)

 

What You Need to Know: 5 Reasons to Donate Blood

 

 

 

 

 

Education and Resources:

American Red Cross, www.redcross.org

American Association of Blood Banks, www.aabb.org

Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com

 

Donate a Pint of Blood and Help Save a Life

The Connie Grimes Story

 

Connie Grimes recalls the days of when her father was a blood donor. “I decided to donate blood because I can remember my dad donating blood,” says Connie. Connie never dreamed that one day she would be on the receiving end of blood donations.

 

In February 2008, Connie received her first blood transfusion after a doctor’s visit revealed she had an alarmingly low blood count. As her blood count continued to drop, she routinely received transfusions. “I went through lots of testing until I was finally diagnosed in June of 2009 with Watermelon Stomach.” “It is in the rare disease category,” says Connie.

 

In celebrating January as National Blood Donation month, Connie was eager to share her experience with just how important blood donation can be. “It means life or death for some people,” says Connie. “Over the last two years I had to receive blood transfusions monthly.” Connie agrees that it is important to give back when you can. “I have even had co-workers donate blood in my name during blood drives at People’s Bank,” says Connie. Even though Connie isn’t able to donate blood right now because of her condition, her friends and family members donate. “It is essential for people to donate blood to save people’s lives who need it,” says Connie.

 

During her treatment, Connie received excellent care at the Strecker Cancer Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital. “I would give the nurses and doctors at Strecker an A plus,” says Connie.

 

 

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