The Annual Medford Classic
To donate blood you must be in good physical health and feeling well that day and be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. There must be at least 56 days between whole blood donations.
Whole blood donations can be separated into three components – red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. This means that one whole blood donation can provide courage to up to three area patients.
The shelf life of each component varies:
Red Cells: 42 days
Platelets: 5 days
Plasma: 1 year
THOSE IN NEED
- Car accident victims with massive blood loss can require 50 pints or more of red blood cells
- Bone marrow transplant requires 120 units of platelets and 20 units of red blood cells.
- Burn victims can require 20 units of plasma during treatment
- Children being treated for cancer, premature infants and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets
- Anemic patients need to increase their iron levels with blood transfusions
- Cancer, transplant and trauma patients and patients undergoing open-heart surgery require platelet transfusions to survive.
- Some patients with complications from severe sickle cell disease, an inherited disease that affects more than 80,000 people in the United States (98 percent of whom are of African descent), receive blood transfusions every month – up to four units at a time.
The Annual Medford Classic Blood Drive
June 6, 2015 - during the Annual Medford Classic
Kiwanis Park, Shaler Twp
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
All who donate will receive a FREE Medford Classic T-Shirt
& a chance to win a $50 Gift Card!
OUR GOAL: 25 Donations!!
Brian Medford's first large event to battle his Leukemia was a blood drive! Over 300 donations were accepted during his blood drive. Blood donations are a big part of blood cancer treatment, and we need your support.
"Despite miraculous advancements in medicine, there is no substitute for human blood. The need for blood products can occur in persons of all ages, from premature infants to the elderly. With an aging population, the demand for blood products is likely to increase, since management of illnesses that strike the elderly often requires extensive blood product support." - The Central Blood Bank
Fighting Blood Cancers in Memory of Brian P. Medford