The Medfield Fire Department is holding its 8th annual blood drive today from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 50 Peter Kristof Way (at the intersection of Route 27 and West Street).
Give a pint, save a life.
According to the American Red Cross:
- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
- More than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day.
- A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
- The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
- The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
- The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
- Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
- More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
- A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
For more information, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org