Bay Area Cancer Connections was honored to have been chosen to partner with the Stanford Blood Center (SBC) for their annual Give Good campaign. This campaign was created to support the needs of patients during the critical winter holiday season. Each winter, SBC partners with a different community organization to double the impact of each blood donation.
The campaign kicked off on December 12, 2016 with a mobile blood drive at BCC’s office in Palo Alto. BCC volunteers, past clients, staff, friends, family and community members braved the cold and rallied to donate 21 units of blood, potentially saving the lives of close to 60 people!
During the Give Good campaign, each blood donation given at a Stanford Blood Center from December 12–24, 2016 not only helped save and brighten lives, but helped those facing cancer. For each presenting donor that participated during the Give Good campaign, Stanford Blood Center made a donation to Bay Area Cancer Connections.
THANK YOU to Stanford Blood Center and to all of our courageous blood donors! Of the incredible 1,521 donors who took part in this promotion, an impressive 134 were first-time donors.
5 Reasons to Donate Blood
- Just one donation can help save the lives of up to three people.
- Many cancer patients will need blood transfusions. Sometimes for surgery or during their chemotherapy treatments.
- Every two seconds someone needs blood.
- Premature infants come into the world often needing blood to survive.
- Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.
Facts About the Blood Donation Process
- Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
- Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments.
- Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.
- The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.
- The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in her body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation.
- A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days or Power Red every 112 days.
- A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 7 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year.
- All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.