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Nonprofit: O-negative blood donors needed

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A regional nonprofit says there’s an urgent need for Type O-negative blood donors, whose blood can be used in variety of circumstances.

The Blood Connection, a nonprofit regional community blood center, works to ensure its hospital partners in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia have the blood supplies needed for patients at any given time.

Type O-negative donors ensure that blood is available for hospital patients whenever they need it.

One donation can save up to three lives.

“While every donation is vitally needed, O-negative can be received by all hospital patients whether they’re an O, A, B or AB blood type, and this is crucial in trauma situations,” said The Blood Connection President and CEO Delisa English.

“It’s a nonstop, critical need. One in seven people who visit a hospital need blood.

“Unfortunately, less than 10% of eligible donors actually give. And, national statistics show that every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Those numbers speak for themselves.”

English says an unexpected trauma can require 20 pints of blood or more. If there happens to be multiple traumas that require blood, the community supply could be dramatically reduced.

Cancer patients are usually the No. 1 recipients of blood products, but blood is also needed for burn victims, premature infants, car crash victims, heart surgery patients and organ transplant patients.

Since blood cannot be replicated, volunteer donors are the only source of blood products.

Although The Blood Connection is specifically requesting O-negative blood donations, all blood types are needed.

Blood donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds and be 17 years old or 16 with written parental consent.

Donors can visit www.thebloodconnection.org to find a blood drive or give at the TBC donation center located at 5925 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.

TBC also welcomes businesses and organizations that may be able to host a blood drive. To sponsor a blood drive, call 864-751-3019.

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