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How to give back: Save a life – donate blood or platelets

December 3, 2013 | by
Blood donation
The second in a series about how to give, and give back, during the holiday season ... This time of year brings holiday cheer to many people across the nation, but for hospitals and blood donor centers, such as City of Hope’s Michael Amini Transfusion Medicine Center, it’s the start of a tough season. For a gift with ultimate impact, give life. Donate blood or platelets. They’re especially needed during the holidays. Not only do people take breaks from school and work during the holidays, many also take a break from donating blood and platelets to hospitals. Blood…

For maximum impact, donate blood platelets – and save three lives

March 20, 2013 | by
A platelet donation can support up to three lives and may be as valuable as 18 units of whole blood. (photo credit: Keith Brofsky)
Drives for blood donations are a common occurrence, but platelet apheresis — in which the platelets are filtered out of the bloodstream for donation — is considerably less well-known. City of Hope hopes to change that. The blood-clotting components are essential to cancer patients being treated with a bone marrow transplant. A platelet donation can support up to three lives and may be as valuable as 18 units of whole blood. (Photo credit: Keith Brofsky) “Platelets are the lifeline for our patients during their transplants,” said Kasie Uyeno, manager of City of Hope’s Blood Donor Recruitment Program.…