AHHAB Blood Drive at East Aurora High School
The Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board with Heartland Blood Center is hosting a Blood Drive
East Aurora High School
September 26th, 2009
10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Please schedule your appointment on-line right now
Contact Mary Garza
* More than half of all Hispanics may carry what is known as the universal blood type, O negative, according to research by the University of Texas at Galveston.
* Less than 6% of Hispanics who are eligible to donate actually do.
* From Jan 09 thru Aug 09 Heartland Blood Centers reported 13% of the total number of blood donors who donated during that time have been Hispanic.
* 45% of people in the U.S. have type O (+/-) blood. Type O+ blood is the most common, most frequently used blood type. Type O- blood is the universal donor, since most anyone can accept it for a transfusion regardless of their blood type. These types are the first to run out during a blood shortage.
* Recipients of blood donations include trauma victims, diabetics, premature infants and cancer patients.
Why are Hispanic blood donors needed?
* 57% of the Hispanic population has type O (+/-) blood.
* Though compatibility is not based on race, genetically similar blood is best for those who need repeated or large volumes of blood transfusions for various diseases and conditions as well as emergency treatments and surgeries.
* Blood that closely matches a patient’s ethnicity is less likely to be rejected by the patient and provides fewer risks for complications.
Now that you have some facts, please click on the link to schedule an appointment. This cause is so vitally important as it not only impacts our Latino families but as it extends through the entire Aurora Community. Thank you so much for your generosity and commitment to blood donation.