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Elon and Red Cross hold fall blood drive

Posted in Uncategorized by wlittle2 on October 30, 2008
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by Bryce Little    October 29, 2008

Every two seconds someone needs blood and Elon students this week were ready to answer the call. Elon University’s fall blood drive kicked off with lines out-the-door and donors ready give their much-needed blood to the Red Cross.

With Car accidents needing four to 100 units of blood, Leukemia needing two to six and sickle cell requiring ten to fifteen unit’s periodically there is no shortage in the demand for blood. Shortages are often found in the amount of blood being supplied. Blood supply in the United States is continually fluctuating leaving medical facilities without the supply of blood they need.

Anna Cox fear of needles does nost stop her from donating blood at Elon's fall blood drive

Anna Cox's fear of needles does not stop her from donating blood at Elon.

College campuses and high schools across the nation make up nearly 25 percent of all blood donated in the United States. Such an enormous impact has been made that Elon is number one in the area in blood donations. This beat out medical institutions like Alamance Regional Medical Center.

“It doesn’t hurt, I just cant look” said Anna Cox, an Elon Student in the middle of giving blood.

She turns away keeping her face hidden as the nurse swabs her arm with disinfectant. The fear of needles is one of the top two reasons why more people don’t give blood according to a survey conducted by the Red Cross.

Blood Donation Quick Facts

1. If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have    donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save over 1,000 lives.

2. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.

3. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.

4. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood

* Information Provided by Red Cross

Red Cross Website