Are You The Missing Type?

San Francisco Blogger - World Blood Donor Day 2018

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Knowing what you may know about me, what’s missing from the above message? If you guessed a few important vowels and consonants, you’re getting closer. Where would we be without the letters A, B, AB, and O? In the context of blood types, life for many would simply not be the same. Today is World Blood Donor Day and I’ve teamed up with Missing Type to share the importance of blood donation.

Missing Type - World Blood Donor Day

While I’ve never personally been in need of blood, 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need a blood transfusion. Growing up with a severely ill parent suffering from cancer and strokes, I’ve spent a lot of time in hospitals. I can only think of the thousands of faces I’ve seen over the years; we all certainly know someone who has been a recipient of donated blood. The fact of the matter is that there is no substitute for human blood, and donations are used for both trauma victims and patients undergoing life-saving procedures and treatments. Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs a blood transfusion sourced from donations; think of how many of those have occurred locally in your community.

Missing Type - World Blood Donor Day -Outdoor Cafe in San Francisco

June 14th is World Blood Donor Day so it’s the perfect time to familiarize yourself and locate the nearest blood donation center in your area. A one hour blood donation has the potential to help up to three patients. Organizations like Blood Centers of the Pacific in San Francisco are in need of all blood types. Blood donations typically drop by about 20% in the summer, but the need for donor blood doesn’t slow down. Blood can be donated up to once every 56 days, tallying up to 6 times per year. Visit the Missing Type site to learn about how you can get involved in donating. I know we can all find one hour to spare!

World Blood Donor Day 2018

Thank you Missing Type for sponsoring this post.

5 Responses

  1. Jay | Life of Creed June 14, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Honestly, it’s not something that hadn’t cross my mind, that fewer people are donating blood. Especially in the summer with a 20% drop. Thanks for sharing this information and bringing awareness.

  2. Valerie June 14, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Great post! I was a blood donor for many years (B-!) but haven’t done it in a while. Seems like the perfect time.

  3. Mary June 14, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    This is such an important way to give back. I’m so thankful that my parish does a blood donation day every other month so it’s easy to remember to give.

  4. Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland June 14, 2018 / 11:23 pm

    This is an amazing post! I haven’t been able to donate blood for a while due to a health condition but hope to one day be able to donate again. I’m O-/RH- so apparently I have unicorn blood.

  5. Alyssa from The Sparkly Life June 15, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Giving blood is SO important and can make such a difference. And as someone who used to be terrified of needles, I promise: it’s not bad AT ALL!

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