#IWEARORANGE hosts blood drives to bring immediate care to leukemia patients in need of transfusions. Due to decreased blood cell counts and weakened immune systems, blood drives are necessary to keep patients healthy and thriving.
Why donate blood?
Leukemia interferes with the production of cells and platelets in the bone marrow. Cancer treatments cannot differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells. While treatments can eradicate cancer cells in the marrow, they can also harm healthy cells as well. Blood donated by volunteers can help replenish red cells, platelets and other blood components.
Who can donate?
Donors must be over 17 years of age and over 110 pounds to be eligible to donate blood or platelets.
How does the donation process work?
You will complete a registration form, a mini physical, and move on to donating blood.
How often can you donate?
One can donate every 56 days. The body starts replenishing blood almost immediately. Red blood cells need about four to six weeks for complete replacement.
You’ve donated, now what?
Stay hydrated, avoid heavy exercise, and keep your bandage dry on and dry for up to 5 hours.