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I attended a blood drive today sponsored by the Junior League of Roanoke Valley ( http://bit.ly/dcBWMfp ) to help out the American Red Cross.

Some interesting statistics from the Red Cross on blood needs:

??? Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
??? More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
??? A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
??? The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
??? The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
??? The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
??? Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
??? More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
??? A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

Find out more and discover how easy it is to donate in your area by visiting the Red Cross website: http://bit.ly/b50i0O

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