Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Blood Drive Will Be Held Aug. 23

Donors who save lives by giving blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) in August will receive a pass for two to the Oklahoma City Zoo and a free “Keep It Local” t-shirt.

OBI will hold a blood drive at Sequoyah Memorial Hospital in Sallisaw from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 on the bloodmobile.  Healthy adults, age 16 and older, can give blood.

OBI serves more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities statewide, and the need for blood is constant.

“Blood is essential for patients facing medical trauma or those undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Whether we know them or not, there are people right now who are counting on us to give.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute relies on about 1,200 volunteer blood donors per day to meet the needs of patients.  There is no substitute for blood, and the donation process takes about an hour.  Blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelets can be given as often as every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, funds will be given to Global Blood Fund, a  charity organization helping to procure much-needed blood center supplies in developing countries.

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by visiting or calling Greg at 479-652-2362.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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