Saving lives, one pint at a time
At only two years of age, Kaleb was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. During his initial treatment, he received blood transfusions every two weeks. Today, thanks to generous donors and the help of The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas, Kaleb is much healthier and requires donations only as needed.
This is a true story, and one much more common than you might imagine. In fact, research shows that one out of every four people will require a blood donation during his or her lifetime.
Blood is an integral component of modern medicine, but so far, scientists have not found a way to create it synthetically. Thus, much of today’s medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.
This is where The Blood and Tissue Center at Georgetown comes in. The standard donation takes less than 45 minutes of one’s time and has the potential to save two lives. “Everyone has it; everyone needs it. Why not give it?” said Cindy Rowe, public relations manager for the center.
Perhaps one of the most common reasons people choose not to donate is that they think they aren’t eligible. “In truth, there are very few things that may prevent a generally healthy person from donating blood,” Cindy said. Center personnel gladly answer questions about eligibility.
To ensure the integrity of each pint of donated blood, The Blood and Tissue Center adheres to regulations imposed by the Food and Drug Administration and the American Association of Blood Banks. During the donation process, donors are required to go through a standard mini-physical (pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and hematocrit) and answer a series of questions about their medical and travel histories. After donation, the blood is then run through thirteen tests—eleven for infectious diseases—to ensure that it is safe to be used.
For those considering donating blood, Cindy advises, “Drink plenty of water, eat a good breakfast full of iron-rich foods, and avoid heavy lifting for the rest of the day. After donation, donors are asked to rest for a few minutes in the canteen and eat a snack.”
Every two seconds, someone needs blood. And the blood that saves that person’s life could be yours. The Blood and Tissue Center can help you give such a precious gift.
The Blood and Tissue Center in Georgetown
1015 W University Avenue, in Wolf Ranch
Open Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for scheduled and walk-in appointments.
Call the center or visit the website at weareblood.org to find out whether or not you are eligible to donate blood.