January is National Blood Donor month and a perfect time to make a resolution to be a regular blood donor. In the United States approximately one of every three people will need blood in their lifetime. Unfortunately, less than five out of 100 Americans are blood donors.
Don Bryant of Shreveport, La. has donated more than 100 gallons of blood and blood components. After having seen his stepfather donate blood, as soon as he was of age he gave with him. Bryant not only donates blood but he also gives much of his time encouraging others to donate. Upon his visits to high school blood drives, Bryant often says in a jovial tone, “We need people like y’all to start giving because you don’t know how much longer people my age can continue.”
Mickaela Boudreaux, a 17-year-old high school student and cheerleader, is also regular blood donor. She and her mother regularly give plasma and platelets together at LifeShare Blood Centers’ Monroe location. Boudreaux says of the reason she gives blood, “I feel really blessed that I have a healthy body and I come from a healthy family; and I love the opportunity to help other people so they can prosper in their lives.”
Since there is no substitute for human blood, the dependence on blood donors is necessary for many medical situations. A person needing blood may have been in an emergency situation such as a car accident or burn victim. Patients often require blood transfusions while receiving cancer treatments, following an organ transplant, having surgery, suffering from sickle cell anemia or clotting disorders.
You can donate blood at your nearest LifeShare location or mobile drive. For an updated list of mobile drives visit twitter.com/lifeshare or contact the nearest center.
LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La. in 1942, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB.