It often takes a man-made or a natural disaster for people to make the important decision of donating blood, but what many don’t realize is blood donations continually save lives and improve health in many different ways: for blood transfusions for women with complications of pregnancy and childbirth; for children with severe anemia often resulting from malnutrition; and for many complex medical and surgical procedures, as well as cancer patients. Blood is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with hemophilia.
In addition, there is a constant need for regular blood supply because it can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever required.
A decision to donate your blood can save the life of a fellow Cape Codder, and fortunately for our community all of the blood collected through Cape Cod Healthcare stays local, here on Cape Cod. And as a bonus when you donate at one of their events you get a free movie pass!