Giving blood a life-saving act

Our View

Every two seconds, someone is in need of blood.

Although it is a well-known statistic, it is still incredibly significant. It may easy to not fully appreciate the magnitude of a need such as this. Realizing that every two seconds is a short amount of time is not difficult, but realizing just how quickly two seconds pass and how often this means someone is in need of blood is more so. Just beginning reading this Our View, several people have been in need of this help.

Fortunately, these several people have also benefited from those who’ve taken the greater amount of time to donate.

Blood donations such as those that will occur at the CFHS blood drive this Friday make this possible.

We would like to thank school nurse Susan Gettman and all of the other people who help organize the blood drive for making such an important event possible. Also, as equally important if not more, we would like to thank all of those who donated blood. They, along with all of the other people who donate blood will make it possible for people in need of blood to receive it. However, they truly have done something more than ensure that people who need one receive a blood transfusion. They have saved lives.

It may sound cliché, but it is true. Blood is obviously important and people, who need blood transfusions, whether because of an accident, cancer or other diseases or premature birth, often would not live without them. For this reason, people who donate blood are truly worthy of our thanks, recognition and admiration.

The benefits of donating blood are obvious, so we almost need not endorse it. However, we would like to make you aware of another statistic: the fact that only five percent of able donors actually donate blood. We hope that through increased awareness of the benefits of donating blood and through events such as the recent blood drive at Cedar Falls High School, this statistic will be diminished.

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