Stirpe announces success in 13th annual lifesavers blood drive

Assemblyman Al Stirpe

Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) announced that his 13th annual Lifesavers Blood Drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, July 16, was an enormous success.

“Every day, blood donors’ selflessness saves lives,” said Stirpe. “From victims of tragic accidents to patients fighting through chemotherapy, so many people depend on blood transfusions to live another day. Thanks to the generosity of all the Central New Yorkers who came out to donate, these folks will have the opportunity to continue making memories with their loved ones.”

In spite of extremely high temperatures and humidity on the day of the event, 146 units were collected — enough blood to meet the needs of up to 438 patients. Moreover, the Red Cross was able to register 28 first-time donors at the event.

There are a large number of rare blood types, along with the eight common ones, which can make finding a match difficult. Once collected by the Red Cross, red cells, platelets and plasma are separated for transfusions. Samples of the blood are then tested to determine the type and ensure its safety.[1] To meet the unique needs of recipients, especially those with blood disorders, it’s important for hospitals and blood banks to have a diverse supply of blood, Stirpe noted.

For more information about the blood donation process, visit the Red Cross website at redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or contact Stirpe’s office at 315-452-1115 or StirpeA@nyassembly.gov.

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