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Saving Lives, One Donation at a Time: Celebrating World Blood Donor Day

Korin Roehm
June 12, 2023

Celebrating World Blood Donor Day

On this significant day, June 14th, we join hands with the Isabella Santos Foundation to celebrate World Blood Donor Day. This worldwide observance aims to increase awareness about the critical significance of blood donation and extend our heartfelt appreciation to the selfless voluntary blood donors across the globe. It serves as a momentous occasion to acknowledge the remarkable influence of blood and platelet contributions in saving lives and enhancing the well-being of patients in dire need.

This summer, OneBlood and the Isabella Santos Foundation are joining forces once again to commemorate the memory of Isabella Santos and make a positive impact on the lives of children battling cancer. Isabella, a courageous warrior, fought against neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer, for five years before her passing on June 28, 2012. As we mark the anniversary of her departure, we invite you to be part of this meaningful initiative.

Throughout Isabella's treatment, she relied on multiple blood and platelet transfusions to aid her recovery. In the battle against cancer, these donations play a vital role. Pediatric cancer treatments often involve aggressive procedures, necessitating frequent transfusions of blood and platelets to support young patients on their journey to recovery.

Calling All Heroes: Stand Up Against Childhood Cancer! 

Join us from June 24 to June 26 at the Charlotte Donor Center or the Isabella Santos Ballantyne Donor Center and save lives by donating platelets or blood. It's a simple yet impactful way to contribute to the cause and share your power! As a thank you for saving lives, all donors will receive a $20 eGift Card and a OneBlood Water Bottle! Plus, for every confirmed donation, OneBlood will contribute $10 to the Isabella Santos Foundation. Click here for more details and to schedule your next appointment. 

Your donations go a long way in supporting the Isabella Santos Foundation's endeavors. They enable investments in pediatric cancer research, and advancements in cancer trials and studies, and provide support to families affected by this devastating disease. By contributing, you help fulfill Isabella's three heartfelt wishes: to BEAT Cancer, GROW Hair, and LIVE Her Dreams.

Platelet donations are a powerful way to make a difference. You can donate platelets every seven days, up to 24 times a year. These donations employ an automated process known as apheresis, which allows us to collect specific components of your blood at a larger volume. Through a single automated platelet donation, one or more complete platelet doses can be produced for a patient—a feat that would typically require the combined contribution of six to eight whole blood donors.

List of blood types recommended for platelet donation

Take Action Now!

We invite you to visit our participating Donor Center locations and support the Isabella Santos Foundation. For our donors outside of the Carolinas, we invite you to celebrate World Blood Donor Day by donating at your favorite donor center or on any Big Red Bus near you. Together, we can create a brighter future for children battling cancer.

Korin Roehm Digital Marketing Analyst at OneBlood

Korin Roehm

Korin is a Digital Marketing Specialist at OneBlood. From creating strategic online campaigns to writing engaging stories, she is passionate about raising awareness to inspire others and helping make a difference in our community. #ShareYourPower

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