The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October. They will be in Hugoton Tuesday, October 7, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Stevens County Fairgrounds on Highway 51 and Washington Street.
According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the United States making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.
Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
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