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IN HONOR OF BLOOD DONOR MONTH: HERE'S HOW DONATING REALLY MAKES A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OTHERS

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Did you know that every two seconds someone in the United States requires blood or platelets? And what’s worse is that only 3% of age-eligible individuals donate blood yearly. Yikes! This tells us that blood is in a constant shortage of supply. For Blood Donor Month, we’re sharing the biggest ways donating blood can help someone and where you can find a donation center.

It Saves Lives

A patient receiving a blood donation isn’t just done as a nominal procedure. Someone who needs a donation is typically in a dire or critical situation. From surgeries and illnesses to traumatic injuries and cancer treatment, someone in a tough situation could absolutely benefit from your donation today – so much so that their life actually depends on it! Some cancer patients even require a daily supply of blood. And with one single donation, you could be saving upward of three lives! Here are a few other facts about why blood donations are so important. Are you willing to share yours for a good cause?

Where to Find a Donation Center

Rolling up your sleeve and donating can take as little as 15 minutes – that’s less than a lunch break! Whether you’re swinging by a clinic on your way home or stopping by on a break, donating blood or platelets is as easy as ever. When you’re ready to schedule your appointment, just enter your ZIP code here to find a location close by. Just be sure to eat a snack post-draw and drink plenty of water the day of. 

Get to donating! And cheers to making a positive impact on someone’s life. Check out our Olympus blog page and social media posts for more lifestyle inspiration, how-to’s, recipes, giveaways, and seasonal contests.

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