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A global statistic states that more than 38 000 blood donations are needed everyday in order to balance the deficit. 

On average someone needs blood every 2 seconds.

Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets.

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The phone in my parents’ home has an incessant and annoying ring, like most phones. I’ve come to associate it to mean that something ungreat is about to happen and I’m pleasantly surprised sometimes when it’s a friend calling or a family member. Funny the way it is. 

In between listening to some great music from The Knocks, FKA twigs, and Syn Cole (I can’t help that I’m obsessed with music, I want you to be too) yesterday afternoon the phone rang, and I picked up with a sense of dread (and I can’t help that either). But I was greeted by a member of Blood.ca who was calling to thank my father for donating blood. She went on to share that she would be donating in two weeks for her 61st donation. 

And then she said only 3.7% of the Canadian population is donating blood.

That little 3.7% is holding up all the cancer patients, all the car-accident victims and patients who need donated organs. When I hung up the phone I thought, “How on earth is this possible?” And that’s only Canada we’re talking about. What about other countries who are also petitioning their citizens to donate blood, is there percentage lower? On top of that, how small is the percentage of people who are donating their bone marrow? I did some digging for a few facts on countries I’ve lived in and travelled to. I narrowed my list down: 

10 Factoids for Bone Marrow and Blood donations:

  1. Regarding Global Bone Marrow Transplant needs: 70% of patients in need of a bone marrow transplant do not have a matching donor in their family.
  2. A bone marrow transplant can save lives of patients battling leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle-cell anemia. Its also proven that bone marrow donations aid those with type 2 diabetes. Research is still be conducted to see if bone marrow can help those patients with type 1 diabetes. 
  3. In India 4 crore unites of blood are needed but only 40lakh units are available. A crore is a unit in the South Asian numbering system equal to 10 million or 100 lakh units (a lakh unit is one hundred thousand). 
  4. A single car accident victim will require at least 100 units of blood. 
  5. The blood supply in Mexico is so low that it’s not enough to meet the needs of more than 1 million people. Back in 1999, there were 1,092,741 volunteer donors registered and was 65,488 less donors in 2 years time. The turn of the century recorded just 1,027,253 donors, which made the ratio of blood donation at 10 donors for every 1,000 people. 
  6. Today, in Mexico, the of-blood donors per populace is at 148 donors/ 10,000 people.
  7. In China, only 1% of the population donates their blood, 1% is equivalent to just 118 million volunteer donors to sustain blood supply for the 1,344,130,000 citizens in China.
  8. China needs 4,000 tons of blood every day; in three years time, the demand for blood products goes up. When this happens, the country needs 120,000 volunteer donors.
  9. Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.
  10. One in three Australians will need blood; only one in thirty donate their blood.

It’s a global issue. 

I can’t make you donate your blood or your bone marrow. I can only spread the word that it literally is in you to give. Whoever you are, wherever you are, please donate, for the people the world over who can’t make their own bone marrow or blood. 

Please check out BloodBanker or The Bone Marrow Foundation for more information.

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Us happy people gotta stick together.

I depend heavily on my family and my friends whom I ask  to send anything on happiness, or motivation, how they find it all in the name of life and being able to live it. I am very grateful to them for their participation. If you’d like to do so please…drop me a line.~FindingFelicity

Please check out blood.ca to find a clinic and donate.


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