The weather may have just started to warm up, but New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) is already urging the public to donate blood as we head into the summer months. With schools closing and vacations scheduled, less people donate blood from June through August but transfusions are still needed for local patients.
“We’re especially thankful to our dedicated donors and blood drive coordinators who come out to help us during these critical summer months”, said Marie Forrestal, Director, Donor Recruitment, NJBS.
At the age of 4 ½ year old Michael Romano was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer. He underwent chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, stem cell transplant and experimental therapies. Michael received hundreds of blood transfusions over the course of his 7 year treatment. The Bayonne community rallied with him and made direct donations while he was hospitalized. Michael loved baseball, he played for the Bayonne Cal Ripken League, he was a student at Midtown Community School and he loved to fish. Sadly, at age 11 Michael passed away on October 21, 2005. On June 8th Michael would be turning 24 years old. In celebration of the life he lived please consider donating blood, to keep his memory alive and help save someone else life. St. Henry’s Church in Bayonne is hosting a Blood Drive in his honor on Friday, June 8th 1pm-7pm. The first 35 donors will get a free pair of Hudson Cinemas movie passes (DONATION HAS BEEN GIVEN BY PETER KAFASH FROM EMPIRE CINEPLEX). Walk-ins welcome. St. Henry’s Church is located at 77 West 28th Street, Bayonne. The drive will be held in the Pine Room.
Type O negative donors, considered “universal” as their blood type can be transfused to any patient in an emergency, are most in need and are always in short supply. In order to maintain a safe blood supply a seven-day inventory of all types must be continually replenished. Companies, organizations, and community groups are also encouraged to step up to host a blood drive this summer to help rebuild the blood supply. Hosting a blood drive is easy and NYBC’s staff will help you every step of the way.
To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive
Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566
More About Blood Donations
The entire donation process takes less than an hour and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to donate, as their blood can be used in emergencies. Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.
If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please consider hosting a blood drive or volunteering at a local blood drive.
Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (parental consent is required for 16-year-olds), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 or older may donate if they have a doctor’s note on file with New York Blood Center or if they bring one on the day of the blood drive.
About New York Blood Center
Founded in 1964, the New York Blood Center Network (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. NYBC, along with its partner organizations Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 45 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD), the Kansas City metropolitan area, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBC and its partners also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, which—among other milestones—developed the Hepatitis B vaccine and a patented solvent detergent plasma process innovating blood-purification technology worldwide.