Carter BloodCare and Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital dedicated a brand new platelet donation bus to the East Texas community yesterday. The wrap on the bus features a platelet donor that was chosen during our “Get on the Bus” campaign. Hundreds of submissions were received from platelet donors, and Blenda McNatt was chosen to share her story, as well as pose next to her picture on the bus. Watch Blenda’s story about donating blood in honor and in memory of the Marine’s that take care of each other while deployed in Iraq.
Carter BloodCare and the Methodist Richardson Cancer Center dedicated a new platelet bus to the DFW community in January. This bus features twins, Bob and Steve Sanit. The twins were awarded the opportunity to “Get on the Bus” when they responded to a contest to tell Carter BloodCare why they give platelets. Watch their story about giving blood because others gave for them when they needed it.
These platelet donation buses are equipped with a machine that draws blood, platelets, plasma and red blood cells. Prior to the new platelet buses, patients only had the option to give platelets at donor centers. Now our mobile buses can accommodate two platelet donors and one blood donor simultaneously. Local doctors attended both events and spoke about the importance of platelet donation in our communities.
Carter BloodCare is always in need of new platelet donations due to platelets short shelf-life of five days. Platelets are essential with aiding blood clots and preventing the loss of too much blood. Cancer patients use more blood products, including platelets, than any other patient group in the Carter BloodCare service area. It takes six or more whole blood donors to produce just one unit of transferable platelets.
When did you last donate? Book your plasma donation appointment today and give the gift of life. Visit www.carterbloodcare.org or call 1-800-366-2834.