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Barbara Hughes: Community blood donors impacted over 450 lives

Thanks to the local newspaper, radio stations and local businesses spreading the word about the regional shortage of blood caused by the weather cancellations of 25 blood drives, 150 pints of blood and one unit of plasma were collected at the Vitalant blood drive hosted by UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center on Thursday, March 21.

That is the highest collection number we have had at a single drive since 2011. Since every unit collected can save or enhance the lives of up to three people, our community donors have potentially made a positive impact on over 450 lives.

The large number of walk-ins and first-time donors caused increased wait times as the day went on, and I want to personally thank everyone for their patience. We are working on ways to improve the system to honor scheduled appointments and hope that donors will continue to support the blood drives in the future.

Accident victims, surgery patients, women experiencing complicated deliveries, cancer patients and others, who donors will never meet, are all helped by the generosity of blood donors giving their time and, most importantly, their blood. Donors are ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

Volunteers give of their time, donors give life-saving blood, Soda Creek Pizza provides delicious pizza, Honey Stinger provides yummy snacks and blood recipients receive the gift of life. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone involved.

Sincerely,

Barbara Hughes

Volunteer blood drive coordinator


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