April is National Donate Life Month – celebrating the heroes who donate blood, donate bone marrow and donate organs.
The Rhode Island Blood Center, its marrow program, and many leading organ donation groups are joining together in April (National Donate Life Month) to increase awareness of the need for both blood and organ donors, and the use of blood products associated with many organ transplants. The idea is to encourage people across Rhode Island to consider donating blood, registering their bone marrow, and making sure you've signed up for organ donations after death. On Tuesday, April 2, there will be a press conference showcasing four people who have benefited from donations and transplants. If you want to learn more, contact the Rhode Island Blood Center.
The Rhode Island Blood Center is holding several blood drives this week.
Thanks to the Blizzard of 2013's traffic bans and power outages, the Rhode Island Blood Center missed about 600 blood donations, and they need your help to avoid running out. The organization is asking donors, particularly platelet donors, to consider donating blood as early as possible this week, helping to avoid a blood shortage. “We lost two days to the blizzard and a quarter of our state was without power, causing lost blood drives and donation days,” said Frank Prosnitz, the Rhode Island Blood Center’s communications manager. “Not all power has been restored, jeopardizing some blood drives and certainly diverting donors’ attention to their own immediate needs." But, those factors haven't diminished the daily demand for up to 280 pints…