Give Blood in Honor of Those Who Serve

NEW YORK, May 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its divisions serving the 20 million people of New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and New Jersey call upon the community to please donate blood, in recognition of those who serve to keep us healthy and safe.

May 2010 observances include National Hospital and Healthcare Week from May 10-16, and National Emergency Medical Services Week from May 16-22. Fleet Week events will take place from May 26 - June 2, in and around New York City, honoring thousands of servicemen and women from the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. Memorial Day weekend honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and freedom.

Nearly everyone knows someone who works in healthcare, someone who serves in the military, or maybe an officer, firefighter, or first responder. Or, maybe you know someone whose life was saved by these individuals. Please donate blood, in honor of those who respond to the call of duty and give of themselves to help others. A single blood donation can help save the lives of three people.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and one out of three people will need a lifesaving blood transfusion in his or her lifetime. To meet local needs, New York Blood Center requires between 1,600 to 1,800 blood donations each day to meet the needs of regional hospitals.

People can give blood every 56 days. New York Blood Center (NYBC) and its regions thank every individual blood donor and the wide variety of organizations that sponsor blood drives throughout the summer months.

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive: Please call Toll Free: 1-800-933-2566 Visit: www.nybloodcenter.org Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during the winter holiday and summer periods. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People age 76 and over may donate with a doctor's note.

About New York Blood Center: New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to almost 200 hospitals, serving 20 million people, in greater New York since 1964. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world's largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals along with consultative services in transfusion medicine.

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Contact: Leslie Gonzalez

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