Thank you for the blood drive

Submitted by Sasha Seiden

Donor Resource Representative, Bloodworks Northwest

Thank you for your support of the San Juan Island Blood Drive!

On Wednesday, March 16, we registered a total of 67 whole blood donors, 5 platelet donors, and 1 plasma donor at your blood! The blood donations collected at the blood drive are critical to maintain a stable blood supply for surgeries, medical emergencies, and for supporting patients battling life-threatening illnesses like leukemia and other cancers.

Thanks to all the donors who took time out of their busy day to donate blood. With great appreciation to San Juan Island Lions Club for blood drive sponsorship; Curt VanHyning for organizing the drive and the San Juan Island Lions Club members for recruiting donors; Linda Butler and the Mullis Community Center for providing the blood drive site; Becki Day, Jerry Martin, Paul Barger, and Robin Delazerda for helping spread the word; the San Juan Islander and San Juan Journal for helping promote the drive; and the volunteers who helped on the day of the drive. We couldn’t have done it without you.

On behalf of patients in our community’s hospitals, I wish to extend our thanks to you. These are a few patients who recently received blood products from Bloodworks Northwest:

26 year old patient: Iliac artery embolism, thrombosis. Patient used: 12 units Red Blood Cells, 10 units Plasma, 2 units Platelets, and 1 units Cryoprecipitate Pools.

24 year old patient: Open Heart Surgery. Patient used: 12 units Red Blood Cells, 8 units Plasma, 2 units Platelets, and 3 units Cryoprecipitate Pools.

68 year old patient: Femoral Bleed. Patient used: 20 units Red Blood Cells, 20 units Plasma, 4 units Platelets, and 5 units Cryoprecipitate Pools.

61 year old patient: Organ Transplant. Patient used: 18 units Red Blood Cells, 18 units Plasma, 2 units Platelets, and 3 units Cryoprecipitate Pools.

Each day, 800 people must donate blood to meet the needs of patients in hospitals. Your blood drive played an important role in helping meet that goal.

The next San Juan Island blood drive is Wednesday, June 1.