Verschoore encourages blood donation during month of January


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Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2013, 11:10 am
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Press release submitted by State Representative Pat Verschoore



ROCK ISLAND, IL – State Rep. Pat Verschoore (D-Milan) encourages local residents to donate blood during January which is National Blood Donor Month.

"Each year millions of patients will require blood transfusions," Verschoore said. "It is a simple way to make a direct impact on someone's life."

Since 1970, January has been recognized as National Blood Donor Month. The winter season is one of the slowest for blood donations although the need for donated blood does not diminish. Since many people are busy or become ill in the winter months, the number of blood donations often plummets, causing a dangerous shortage.

According to the American Red Cross, an individual can donate blood every 56 days, and the total donation process takes about an hour. In most cases, the donation process includes registration, a short medical screening, the actual blood collection, and a rest period.

"Local blood banks can never have enough blood on hand to help accident victims, people undergoing surgery, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, and other diseases," Verschoore said. "If you are physically able I encourage you to donate blood this month and all year long. It could save a life"

For more information on donating blood, please visit www.givelife.org or call 1800-GIVELIFE. For questions, to request state assistance, or to offer suggestions and comments, please contact Verschoore's office at (309) 558-3612. Verschoore represents the 72nd Representative District, which includes Rock Island, Milan and portions of Moline, East Moline and Silvis.



















 



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