The United States continues to experience an urgent blood product shortage. Recently, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile―the traveling extension of the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center―visited Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, giving employees and members of the community the opportunity to do their part by giving blood to support patients undergoing cancer treatments, accident victims, transplant recipients and more.
At the event, coordinated by Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s Community Health and Wellness Program Manager Katie Plante, 47 donors volunteered yielding 43 units of blood. Those who donated were treated to a Kraft Family Blood Donor Center Starbucks gift card as a thank you gift.
“The Mass General Brigham system, as well as blood banks across the country, continue to struggle with shortages,” says Plante. “We had a big turn-out from BWFH staff and members of the surrounding community despite the cold weather and for that I am very grateful.”
If you missed your chance to donate blood this time, don’t worry. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile will return to BWFH on Tuesday, April 26. Or you may visit the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center. To schedule an appointment, visit the Kraft Center website or call 617-632-3206.
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