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Medical Monday 6.30.14: Super Blood Drives Helping Save Lives

| July 2, 2014


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Blood drives will be taking place throughout New England over the summer months to shore up low blood supplies. Blood collection officials say having enough blood is critical to save lives in the event of emergencies, accidents and never ending illnesses. Shawn Cunningham was on site at a SUPER BLOOD DRIVE in Presque Isle today. Its this week’s Medical Monday.

These Red Cross volunteers are doing a SUPER job at taking blood donations. Its not just a compliment to their work. This is a SUPER BLOOD DRIVE.

Cathy Caverly is the Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross and says “our goal is to collect over 150 units of blood and we’d like to hit the two hundred mark we need to see close to two hundred people to get 150 units of blood.”

The Red Cross appears to be on its way to reaching that goal. James DeRosier donates every opportunity he can. A donor and blood transfusion saved his 7 month old grandson’s life. Forever grateful, he now passes on the same gift.

“He’s doing great he was given a 25 percent chance of survival and he came through with flying colors somebody saved his life by giving blood,” says DeRosier.

It could have been donors like the Pendexters. They’ve been donating blood for more than twenty years.

“Since the 70’s so we’ve given quite a bit of blood, hopefully its helped a lot of people,” says Wayne Pendexter.

Nola Pendexter adds “its a good feeling knowing that you’re saving a life or many lives.”

Another blood donor Timothy Curtis says “I do this everytime they have a blood drive to help other people out.”

Organizers of this super blood drive say O positive and O negative are the two blood types that are most in need, but they’re taking all blood types to avoid running low on blood supplies over the summer months.

Caverly says “We have donors who might be away b/c they’re traveling so we have a lower donor base and then more accidents tend to happen especially coming into Fourth of July weekend more people traveling and more things can happen so its good to make sure we have a good supply for the demand that may come in.”

Caverly says ideal blood donor candidates must be:

Be in good general health and feeling well

Be at least 17-years-old in most states, or

16-years-old with parental consent if allowed by state law

Weigh at least 110 lbs.

Caverly says it only takes one pint of blood to save three lives. Every person, every pint can make a difference if you’re willing to….

Curtis adds “get in here and donate, everybody get in here to donate.”


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