Did you know that every two seconds, someone in the United States requires a blood transfusion? Right now the United States is facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Transfusions are essential for those undergoing surgeries, transplants, chronic illnesses, blood disorders like sickle cell disease and hemophilia, preterm birth and cancer. This means that hospitals have to limit which patients get to receive life-saving transfusions. The good news? One donation can help save up to three lives!
In March of 2020, my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. Since then she has conquered 5 rounds of combined chemotherapy and immunotherapy as well as 15 rounds of radiation. Blood transfusions, in general, reduce the risk of potentially severe complications that can occur due to a low blood count. For cancer patients like my mom, transfusions build their blood supply back up and can even reduce the side effects of treatment.
This month, I turn 26 (I’m a Leo…I’m obviously going to make this about me) and my biggest birthday wish is to help contribute to the national blood shortage. I’m throwing myself a virtual blood drive birthday party and you’re invited!!!