Journey to
Save a Life

Every two seconds someone is in need of a blood transfusion — it could be a friend, a loved one, or a colleague. It could be you. But despite the great need, and a state-wide blood shortage, only 3% of eligible Californians give blood.

Our California communities need more heroes to stand up and save a life. Scroll to learn more about this experience, from blood donation to life-saving transfusion.

A Hero Steps In

On the day that you give blood, dress comfortably so that you can easily roll up your shirt sleeves.

Before giving blood, you’ll receive a brief physical and answer some simple questions about your medical history. Then, you’ll sit comfortably while a staff member draws slightly more than a pint of blood…

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An Assessment is Made

Your donation experience will end with a snack and something to drink — but your blood will continue on its journey to save a life. Its first stop is the lab.

After your blood arrives at the lab, a number of tests will assess blood type and its overall health. During testing, your donation is processed and the blood takes on a new form entirely. Three forms, to be exact…

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One Pint, Three Ways

During testing and processing, your blood is separated into three essential parts: platelets, red blood cells, and plasma. Each component has a special “skill” and each is used differently to meet unique patient needs during a transfusion.

For example, a patient with anemia would receive red blood cells to improve iron deficiencies, while a chemotherapy patient would receive platelets since their body cannot make enough on its own to stay healthy.

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When Will Your Blood Save a Life?

Your blood will stay in storage until a patient is in need.

Platelets are stored up to 5 days, red blood cells are stored for up to 42 days, and plasma are put in freezers and are stored up to one year.

Blood centers often run short of type O and B blood. But all types are needed. Commit to give blood today.
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Be a Hero for a Hospital and a Patient

As needed, blood is shipped to hospitals and the patients who need it.

Blood donations are in great need right now. Help to ensure this life-saving resource is available to everyone who needs it.


Be a lifesaver.
Make a plan today to give blood.

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