Giving blood contributes to community

Note: This essay was published in the Colorado Springs Gazette print edition on January 16, 2018. It can also be found online here.

Two seconds. One, two. Every second second.

That’s how often blood is needed each day in the United States, according to the American Red Cross.

One car accident victim can require as much as 100 pints, and the American Cancer Society tells us that of the nearly 1.7 million people who’ll receive a cancer diagnosis this year, many will need blood, even daily, during chemotherapy.

But while roughly 40 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at a given time, less than 10 percent do every year. And since blood can’t be manufactured or created in a lab, it’d be good if we better understood what gets people to give. Continue reading “Giving blood contributes to community”