Head of School’s Letter

Red Cross Blood Drive at ASM

Posted by Joanna on January 3, 2019

ASM is hosting its fourth American Red Cross Blood Drive today from 2:00-7:00 p.m. in the American Room. I am delighted that ASM is able to assist the Red Cross in its efforts to save lives. Hosting a blood drive is supportive of our mission, philosophy and sense of who we are as a community.

Did you know that:

  • every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood?
  • more than 36,000 blood units are needed daily?
  • just 7% of people in the U.S. have the universal donor blood type which is  O negative?
  • more than 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year and will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment?
  • Sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people and about 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year? Sickle cell patients can require blood transfusions throughout their lives.

We probably all know someone who has received a blood transfusion during an emergency or throughout an illness. It’s no surprise that the supply of blood decreases considerably at this time of year, yet the need is still great.

Please consider donating today; walk-ins are welcome!

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