The Blood Connection Warns of Blood Shortage During Summer Months
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Shortage Could Negatively impact Patient Care as Demand Goes Up

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - eMusicWire -- If this announcement came from a large milk producer and the headline read "milk shortage leads to 2-day supply in local grocery stores," people would rush to the nearest store to buy milk. After all, milk is a staple item in most everyone's fridge - but if push came to shove - there are substitutes. A similar, urgent supply issue is happening right now: The Blood Connection (TBC) fears it could be running on a 2- 3-day supply of blood soon. To make matters worse, there is no substitute for blood. And just like milk, blood has a shelf life. That's why blood must be continuously donated for real patients in local hospitals. Without a stable blood supply. patients like 12-year-old Rhys Shaw, who battled acute T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma wouldn't have a fighting chance at survival. Cancer patients use 25% of donated blood for their treatments.

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That's why Charlotte Art League (CAL) is hosting a blood dive on July 22 from 4 to 9 p.m. "We're calling this Christmas in July, because giving blood is truly giving the gift of life," notes CAL Executive Director Jim Dukes. "One donation can help up to three people, so this is an easy way to have a huge impact on many people. Also, every donor will receive an exclusive TBC T-shirt and a $20 charitable donation will be made to CAL, so you are really magnifying your impact."

As Delisa English, TBC President and CEO, notes, blood donors of all types are urgently needed.  "While you're enjoying the summer months, please remember to make a blood donation for your fellow Americans who are depending on blood for surgeries and cancer treatments."

Only three percent of the population donates blood, but one in seven who enter a hospital will need a blood transfusion. Historically, there is a higher demand for blood products in July. Go to thcbloodconnection.org/donate and use sponsor code 8429 or call (864) 255-5000 to make an appointment. Blood donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years old or 16 with written parental consent. Donors must bring a valid photo ID.

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About Charlotte Art League: Founded in 1965, Charlotte Art League has served as an accessible gateway to the arts experience for art lovers of all ages and backgrounds. CAL relies on annual membership dues, studio rentals, donations, and grants to sustain its activities. Membership in CAL is open to emerging artists, professional artists, art educators, art patrons, and anyone else committed to the vital role that the arts play in building a strong, vibrant, and diverse community. More info: https://www.charlotteartleague.org

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