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Jun092015

Michigan Blood Recognizes Top Donors In Honor Of World Blood Donor Day

On Sunday, June 14, millions of blood donors will be recognized as part of World Blood Donor Day. During the week leading up to World Blood Donor Day, Michigan Blood will honor their top donors.         

The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is “Thank you for saving my life.” It focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day. It also aims to encourage more people to donate blood voluntarily and regularly. Blood collection from voluntary donors is the cornerstone of a safe and sufficient blood supply. At Michigan Blood, more than 100,000 donors help serve the needs of hospitals around the state. These donors assure that patients suffering from massive trauma, undergoing surgery, or in need of cancer therapy, have the blood they need to stay alive.

During the week of June 14, Michigan Blood will recognizing its highest level donors. Together, they’ve donated multiple gallons and potentially helped save thousands of lives.

In recognition of World Blood Donor Day, Michigan Blood is inviting residents to visit their local donor center between Monday, June 8 and Sunday, June 14 to learn more about these lifesavers and to give blood.

About World Blood Donor Day

From the World Health Organization (WHO): World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on June 14 every year, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. Ninety-two million blood donations are made worldwide each year. Sixty-two countries collect 100 percent of blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors. The slogan marking this year’s 10th World Donor Day is "Give the gift of life: donate blood." Many patients requiring transfusion, particularly in developing countries, do not have timely access to safe blood. Regular voluntary blood donors are the safest source of blood, as there are fewer blood borne infections among these donors than among people who donate for family members in emergencies or who give blood for payment. In low- and middle-income countries, the greatest use of donated blood is for pregnancy-related complications and severe childhood anemia. In high-income countries, transfusion is most commonly used for supportive care in heart surgery, transplant surgery, massive trauma and cancer therapy.