Letter to the Editor

August 27, 2007

Blood donations make a difference; give today at Funkstown

To the editor:

A leukemia patient fears cuts and bruises because chemotherapy treatments have impaired his body's ability to make blood cells. Teenagers critically injured in an automobile accident on their way home from a party fight to survive. A sickle cell anemia patient gasps for breath while climbing stairs in her home.

It's a different world for the acute and chronically ill patient who need blood transfusions to help them survive or to enjoy a better quality of life. People like you and me are the only source for this gift of life.

Every two seconds, someone, somewhere needs a blood transfusion. A sufficient supply must be readily available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.


Infectious disease testing and other necessary safety procedures require about 48 hours to complete after individuals give blood. So it's too late to donate blood once someone you know needs blood.

To give blood, you must be at least 17 years old (in Maryland, 16-year-olds may donate blood with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Usually donors can give blood every 56 days.

Please donate blood at Funkstown American Legion Monday, Aug. 27 from 1 to 7 p.m.; St. John United Church of Christ in Clear Spring on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 7 p.m. or The American Red Cross, 1131 Conrad, St., Hagerstown on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from noon to 6 p.m.

Suzanne R. Loizos
American Red Cross Blood Services
Greater Alleghenies Region

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