Blood donation is an integral part of the health and well-being of the community. The need is constant, and there is no substitute for volunteer blood donations.
Did You Know?
Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion.
Each donation can help save up to three lives.
Cancer patients use more blood products than any other hospital patient. They need platelets from blood to survive the treatments they need to kill their diseases.
The Philadelphia area imports 30% of the blood used in our hospitals from other parts of the country, and we still suffer from blood shortages each year. Any kind of disaster here or somewhere else like a snowstorm or a hurricane could stop these imports from getting to our friends and family members in hospitals here.
More than 95% of the US Population will need a blood product at one point in their lives but only 5% of the eligible population actually donates blood.
You are eligible to give blood 6 times a year—every 56 days—but the average blood donor only gives 1.5 times a year. If every blood donor would give twice a year, we would not have a blood shortage in Philadelphia.
If you are at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in general good health and feeling well on the day of donation, you may be eligible to give blood.
The #1 reason people say they don’t give blood is because no one ever asked them.
Cabrini College Blood Drive - Will you give blood?
Monday, April 2, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Grace Hall Atrium
Tips for a Successful Donation