Longo’s Ninth Annual City of Hope Blood Drive was hosted at our on-site area of Penske College. Participants that included Longo Team members and some of our Service guests saved 189 lives. Did you know City of Hope purchases blood from blood banks, such as the American Red Cross? Not only were lives saved by donating blood, but also $18,000 for City of Hope.
There can be many questions regarding donating blood, and we are here to assist with those answers.
What to expect while donating?
The process is easy and usually takes less than an hour for whole blood and two hours for platelets. After answering a few questions about your medical history, you will undergo a brief min-physical exam to determine your current health status. You can usually resume everyday activities almost immediately after donating.
How often can I donate?
Qualified individuals may donate whole blood once every 56 days and platelets every two weeks.
What happens to my blood after I donate?
Blood and platelets go to the blood bank for processing and samples are sent out for infectious disease testing. The products are then labeled, stored and transfused when needed.
How do my blood components help?
Blood and platelets are the lifeline for our patients. Our patients rely on blood and platelet transfusions to aid during their cancer treatments and transplants.
Can I direct my blood donation to a specific patient?
• Blood donations from friends and family are a great source of encouragement and support for a patient needing transfusions.
• If your blood type is compatible with the patient, your donated blood can be given directly to our loved one. If your blood is not the same type, it is still important that you donate to help other City of Hope patients who are a blood type match and seriously in need of your help.
For eleven years, City of Hope has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for cancer by US News & World Report. We are excited to host our Tenth Annual City of Hope blood drive on May 19, 2016.