Gov. Walker Declares September 2016 Alaska Blood Drive & Blood Donor Challenge Month
ANCHORAGE –Governor Walker is joining the board of directors and staff at Blood Bank of Alaska on September 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. to sign a proclamation declaring September 2016 Alaska Blood Drive & Donation Challenge Month. The proclamation is focused on raising awareness about the need for blood donations on a continuous basis and to ensure access to a pure and potent blood supply. Blood must be readily available in the event of a medical crisis, trauma, or man-made disaster. Eligible blood donors can make a lifesaving impact by donating, saving as many as three lives with every donation. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and Blood Bank of Alaska must collect on average 100 units of blood a day to meet the needs of hospitals and communities across the State of Alaska. To increase participation in blood donations and to provide an adequate supply of blood, all Alaskans are encouraged to donate their gift of life once a year and state agencies are challenged to sponsor four blood drives in the next year of 2017. Alex and Bonnie Lommel whose son Sonny depends on blood transfusions to survive will join the event and share their story.
To donate blood please call 907-222-5630 or visit the website to learn more www.bloodbankofalaska.org