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Be a hero; give your blood here Thursday

You can become a hero this week by donating blood to the Kentucky Blood Center on Thursday when the KBC Bloodmobile arrives in Whitesburg. The blood drive will be held at the Whitesburg Plaza Shopping Center at Ermine, beginning at 12:15 p.m. and continuing until 5:45 p.m.

Many times it doesn’t cross our minds until a disaster strikes, but the need for donations at the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) never really diminishes. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood — something that is always in short supply at hospitals, according to the KBC, a community-based nonprofit organization that has been providing lifesaving blood products to hospitals throughout the state for more than 50 years.

While hospitals strive to keep an abundant supply of blood on hand, the KBC relies on volunteer blood donors to provide 400 pints of blood per day to meet local patients’ needs. To put that amount in perspective, a single-car accident victim may require 100 pints of blood; a premature baby could need up to 4 pints of blood in intensive care; and a coronary bypass surgery patient may require 5 pints of blood.

Components of blood are vital in treatment for numerous ailments, including cancer, trauma, organ transplants and surgeries.

Blood donors come from all walks of life and must be in good general health; weigh at least 110 pounds; have a photo ID; and be at least 17 years old. Sixteen-year-olds can also volunteer as a donor with a signed parental permission slip.

Did you know that more than half of all blood donations come from blood drives?

Don’t wait to donate. Your generosity can save someone’s life.

Blood is one of the few things that cannot be measured in a dollar amount or reproduced in a laboratory. It truly is a gift that must come from the heart — in more ways than one.

— The State Journal, Frankfort

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