The blood donation of the "American Red Cross" Donor Days "returns for 35 years in Paducah from July 11 to 12 at the Robert Cherry Civic Center from 7 am to 7 pm each day.
Donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last, and Pizza Inn will offer pizza every day starting at 11 am
"We are in a critical need for blood right now, so it's really important to make people go out and give, "said Director of Administration Anthony Tinin of the American Red Cross." Every type of blood is important, every type of blood is necessary. Every two seconds in the United States, someone needs a blood transfusion, so it is important that people of all blood groups participate. "
Waiting 600 to 700 donors will be presented during the two-day event.
Blood donated locally meets several different needs, including those of accident victims, cancer patients and women with complications in pregnancy and premature births.
"We are a supporter of local hospitals and provide that blood", said Tinin. "A single victim of an accident could use 75 to 100 blood transfusions. A person who is going through cancer treatment for a period of two or three years could use dozens and dozens of blood transfusions.
"It's really important to recognize that each person has someone in their family or a friend or loved one who could be a blood recipient, we just never know what's going to happen."
Tinin said that many people do not realize how often blood is needed on a day-to-day basis only in this area. As a result, they do not choose to donate because they think there will always be enough.
"It's just a matter of people stopping to think: 'It can happen to anyone,'" he said. "There are all sorts of things that happen every day, unfortunately, and people are in the hospital and they need something that only a voluntary blood donor can provide."
A blood donation can help up to three different patients, with the separation of platelets and plasma along with the blood that reaches the needy.
"A person who has a severe burn may use a lot of plasma and may not need the other blood products," Tinin said. "Our cancer patients use a lot of platelets, sometimes surgery patients use red blood cells, so we can maximize the donation that a donor is giving, they can help save up to three different lives."
are needed to participate in the blood donation campaign, donors can walk downtown at 2701 Park Ave. However, an appointment can be scheduled by calling 1 -800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or using an application donor of the Red Cross.
Donations generally take about an hour to complete, including preparation work, but Tinin said part of that time can be cut using the RapidPass feature.
"If you visit RedCrossBlood.org/rapidpass on the day of your donation, you can go to that website and complete the health history and evaluation information in advance," he said. "Just print the pass or you can even download that in your email address, and when you enter it, it will save you 10 or 15 minutes when you enter."
Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. They must not have administered blood within eight weeks after the donation.
For more information about blood donation, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.