Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to help ill people. Cooper Ives is an eight-year-old boy who helped with the registering of blood donors at the Queensbury Elks Lodge. He did this not only to help his family, but also to honor his grandfather that lost the battle with leukemia three years ago.
Cooper’s mother declared that this was her son’s first year in this initiative, but they hoped he would get involved from now on. The blood donating event was named after Cooper’s grandfather, Stephen E. Ives Memorial Blood Drive. The undertaking was incredibly successful and some donors even had to be refused, since the American Red Cross could not take more appointments.
The Ives family declared that the former Stephen Ives needed considerable amounts of blood transfusions. They are thankful to those who donated and are happy that this helped him spend more time with the family and gave him a chance to battle the horrible disease.
Thus, they know how important donating blood is. So far, they used to donate regularly and then started these blood drive events as a way to give to others a chance of surviving by receiving the blood they need.
At the end of the event, more than 50 pints were added to the American Red Cross blood supply. Still, they are suffering a blood shortage and the requests are huge. For November and December, they only collected about 37,000 pints from the entire U.S.
The shortage was due to the time of the year, when people are kept busy with the holidays. Also, the flu and cold epidemics prevent people from donating, and the blood drives are canceled on bad weather.
With the coming of spring, the health officials hope that people would start donating blood again. The demands are high and about 1,000 units are needed every day. All types of blood are welcome, but the demand is high for O-negative, A-negative, and B-negative.
Other thing that the donors can do is to donate their red cells. This means that the blood is extracted and sent to a machine that separates two units of red cells and collects them. Then, the rest of the blood, together with some saline replacement, is sent back to the donor. Thus, the donors experience fewer adverse effects.
Always keep in mind to donate blood if you can and you get the chance to save a life.
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