Blood is essential for life: it carries oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, fights infections, and helps heal wounds. And everyone has this self-generating resource that can be generously given to others—when and where it is needed most.
- Accidents happen 24/7 that put our friends, family, and neighbors in danger
- Blood transfusions save the lives of cardiac patients during surgery
- Premature infants come into the world often needing blood to survive
You or someone you know will need blood
If not personally in need, at some point we will all know a friend, neighbor, family member, or co-worker who needs a blood transfusion. In fact, 1 out of 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. From natural disasters to unforeseen catastrophes, emergency hospital procedures to life-long battles with chronic diseases such as sickle cell, the demand for blood is constant. The supply is not. And since there is no substitute, only volunteer blood donors can roll up their sleeves and save lives.
Throughout this section, we hope you’ll find all you need to learn more about this life-sustaining and life-saving resource. Learn what blood is, what it does, and why it matters. Find out how safe, convenient, and easy it is to donate. Gain insight into where your Donated Blood Goes and the many Lives that are forever changed by your generous gift. And become a member of the Memorial Blood Centers community of donors who give regularly to those in need.
Why donating matters