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Blood Drive Today in Medfield

Give blood today from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Medfield Fire Department and the American Red Cross.

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 

Osler Peterson September 27, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Bill DeKing of the MFD started the MFD's annual blood drive "because 7 years ago when my daughter was born my wife had a life threatening infection that caused her to bleed uncontrollably and she needed more blood than the hospital had on hand, they contacted the Red Cross in the middle of the night and they were there with the blood she needed. She required 29 units that night to save her life. Since then, with the OK of Chief Kingsbury, I have hosted a blood drive each September to help do my part for people who may need help. With the help of Medfield residents I am guessing we have raised close to 500 units over the 7 years." Bill reports that"my wife and daughter are both healthy not to mention grateful." His wife and daughter are fine, but only because of all that blood his wife got that fateful night, that others had donated. Let's all help Bill in his commendable effort to both pay back and pay it forward!

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