01st Oct2015

Blood Drives, BloodWorks, and YOU!

by Oregon HOSA

Just last year, delegates at HOSA’s National Leadership Conference chose the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as our nation’s service project. In full support of the cause, Oregon HOSA has made our state service project to raise awareness for the importance of blood drives and create more opportunities to get involved within schools all over Oregon.

Patients with Leukemia and Lymphoma often need blood transfusions due to the rapid destruction of oxygen carrying red-blood cells and platelets. As a result of bone marrow invasion of cancer, or of treatment such as chemotherapy, almost all leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma patients will need a blood transfusion at some point along their journey.

This is where you and your chapter come in!

Oregon HOSA is proud to announce our new partnership with Bloodworks NorthWest — A local non-profit blood bank.  Bloodworks has been providing blood for 71 years to patients across the Northwest. Bloodworks is the main blood supplier of Legacy Health and also works alongside Providence Hospital. Today they supply 55% of the blood that is used in the greater Portland area. If you are interested in getting your chapter involved with BloodWorks and hosting a blood drive, we highly recommend working with Bloodworks NW.

Hosting a blood drive is a great way to get your chapter more involved, build leadership skills, and make a significant impact in the community as well as serve an important part in contributing to patients in need right here in Oregon!  In addition, there are incentive scholarships available for your chapter if you engage in a blood drive with Bloodworks.

Now’s the best time to start planning and scheduling blood drives for the school year. To get started and receive more information, please contact our Bloodworks representative:

Andrea Chiller
Regional Director, Portland Metro Area, Donor Services
(503) 530-9253

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