January marks National Blood Donor Month - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

January marks National Blood Donor Month

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With one in three people needing blood in their lifetime, the need for donors is always there, and National Blood Donor month serves as a reminder of the importance of donating.

The celebration gives local blood centers the opportunity to honor past and present donors, and send a plea to new, eligible donors, to participate in donating.

The winter months typically sees a decline in donations due to the holidays, traveling, bad weather, and illness, but according to Rock River Valley Blood Center Public Relations and Marketing Manager Jen Bowman, the need for donors is always there.

"Each day, patients across the country receive more than 40,000 units of this vital resource," Bowman says. "This year alone, more than five million patients will require blood transfusions, as accident victims, people undergoing surgery, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, and other diseases."

The Rock River Valley Blood Center is the only provider for the Beloit Health System, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, Mercy Harvard Hospital, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Rockford Health System, SwedishAmerican Health System, and SwedishAmerican Medical Center-Belvidere.

For more information and to make an appointment to donate, call 877-RRVBC-99 or go to www.rrvbc.org.

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