The Boston Red Sox have given their blood, sweat, and tears to scrape their way to the top of the American League and are poised to win the 2013 World Series. Now you can do your part by giving your blood to show team spirit and help save lives.
The American Red Cross is challenging fans in both Massachusetts and Missouri to show their commitment to their teams by donating blood and platelets during the World Series. Which team will take home the trophy?
To participate, go to an American Red Cross blood drive or donor center in Massachusetts between October 23 and October 31. You can check the American Red Cross website (www.redcrossblood.org) for more information. If you donate during the series, you’ll also be entered to win a Red Sox jersey!
Why is blood donation so important? Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and more than 40,000 donations are used every day. Whether it’s patients with cancer or victims of a motor vehicle accident, many people wouldn’t survive if it weren’t for the generosity of blood donors. Blood cannot be manufactured.
Did you know that one pint of blood can save up to three lives? And donation is so easy. It only takes about an hour of your time and the blood collection itself? A matter of minutes. Donating platelets can take up to two hours, but platelets are essential for people with certain clotting problems.
Are you eligible to donate? If you take certain medications or have certain illnesses you may not be able to give blood. But if you’re healthy, at least 17 years of age, and weigh at least 110 pounds, chances are you’re good to go.
If you have type O-negative blood, like me, your blood is in high-demand and often short supply. We “universal donors” should feel even more of an obligation to give.
So come on Red Sox fans! Let’s put St. Louis to shame…not only on the field but in those donation chairs as well. Your team and the community at large will thank you.
“Boston (forever) Strong!”
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