(St. Petersburg, FL. January 12, 2016) January is National Blood Donor Month, a time to celebrate those who give so that others may live. No one understands that better than Steven Klein. Following a head on collision, he needed to have his blood supply replaced over two times to appreciate the impact of these silent heroes.
Steven Klein’s auto accident occurred in October 2002. After being airlifted to the hospital, Steven woke up six days later in the brain injury ward. He had received 22 units of blood during three surgeries, along with multiple screws and plates in his reconstructed arms. In 2008, Steven reflected on his gratitude for the anonymous blood donors who gave him a second chance and became a regular blood donor. Wanting to do even more to help others, he has begun to organize community blood drives. Click here to view his story.
Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org. All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and iron count and a cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift.
One in three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused into a patient within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients throughout most of Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.