Why is blood needed?

IT SAVES LIVES! Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood.

Blood has a limited shelf life so the blood supply needs to constantly be replenished

Blood plays many key roles in our bodies:

  • Brings oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body
  • Carries waste material such as carbon dioxide to the digestive parts of the body
  • Defends against infections

Patients who need blood the most

  • Being treated for cancer
  • Undergoing orthopedic and cardiovascular surgeries
  • Being treated for genetic blood disorders

Other uses for blood

  • Development of treatments and therapies
  • Use for medical research and testing