According to the Red Cross, one in 10 people entering a hospital needs blood. Blood transfusions are used for trauma victims due to accidents and burns; heart surgery; organ transplants; women with complications during childbirth; newborns and premature babies and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases such as sickle cell anemia. At Arkansas Methodist Medical Center alone, approximately 100 units are transfused monthly.
To give blood for transfusion to another person, you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old or 16 years old if allowed by state law (includes Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee). You must weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated whole blood in the last 8 weeks (56 days) or double red cells in the last 16 weeks (112 days). "Healthy" means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, "healthy" also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.
Donors will be eligible to win a Gibson guitar, courtesy of the Gibson Foundation. The American Red Cross will award multiple guitars and 50,000 guitar picks, co-branded with the Gibson and Red Cross logos during this campaign. In addition, anyone who presents to donate blood will receive a rock and roll themed t-shirt. As a special incentive for youth donors ages 16-21, they may also enter to win a $5,000 scholarship for future education costs. Plus, each person who successfully donates blood at the June blood drive at Arkansas Methodist will receive three $5.00 coupons to be used at AMMC’s Auxiliary Gift Shop, Beacon’s Deli, Cafeteria or The Foundation Station.