For many people, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with friends and family while giving thanks for life’s blessings. For those who have received blood or platelets, it’s a time to be grateful for the generosity of those who roll up a sleeve to give a lifesaving gift.
MEET CODY HERMELING Blood and platelet donations helped to save Cody Hermeling’s life after a tragic car accident. During his first days in the intensive care unit, doctors gave Cody a 3 percent chance of survival. Over time, with the combination of expert medical care and 187 units of generously donated blood and blood components, he survived.
Cody recently had a chance to meet with some of the first responders and platelet donors who helped save his life. He hugged some of his heroes as others took a chance to meet his faithful companion and seeing eye dog Austin. Cody and his family and friends will be celebrating life and giving thanks for blood and platelet donors this holiday season.
THE NEED IS CONSTANT Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season – a time when holiday activities, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses will make it difficult for many regular blood donors to give. All eligible donors are encouraged to spread hope this holiday season by giving a gift that doesn’t cost a thing – a blood or platelet donation.
Platelet donors and blood donors of all types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB. Rh-negative blood types can potentially be transfused to both Rh-positive and Rh-negative patients. Type O negative blood is universal and can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type, which is why it’s often used in emergency situations.
HOW TO GIVE For more information about donating blood, or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.