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THE GIFT OF LIFE

Donating blood is a real lifesaver

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THE GIFT OF LIFE

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POSTED May 29, 2012 6:14 p.m.

There are many reasons why people donate blood.

Take Vicky Sperlock, for starters. Last fall, she gave a pint of her own blood aboard the Delta Blood Bank mobile unit to benefit Lathrop youngsters Sofia Rose and Anthony Conde.

The two local youngsters are afflicted with Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency, which, according to doctors, is a hereditary blood disease.

At the time, a blood drive was held for Sofia Rose, who was receiving routine blood transfusions about once every three weeks.

Dave Hudson is among those who are in the habit of giving the “Gift of Life.”

He’s a long-time employee at the Defense Distribution Depot-San Joaquin formerly known as the Sharpe Army Depot. Last summer, Hudson estimated giving blood over 88 times over the years, tallying over 11 gallons.

As a regular donor, he gave every 56 days – that’s the allowable time necessary for any person giving blood between visits – or two months.

Hudson’s reason for donating blood is simple: It saves lives.

Officials at the Delta Blood Bank indicated that one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

All donors must weigh over 110 pounds, generally in good health, free from cold or flu symptoms for at least 48 hours, and at least age 17 (age 16 with parental consent).

Fifty pints, for example, can help those in this area involved in serious auto crashes, with 30 pints needed to help those with bleeding ulcers, 10 for brain surgeries, eight pints (per week) for cancer patients, 25 for cardiovascular surgeries, 20 for liver transplants, and four per month for treating sickle cell.

Platelets used to fight certain cancers such as leukemia are always in demand at the Delta Blood Bank.

This specific component of the blood is also used for people going through a bone marrow transplant or chemotherapy. Some babies born premature are also in need of platelets.

According to Delta Blood Bank, platelets have a five-day shelf life, making the need continuous among donors.

Platelet donors must be male, in good health, and with a minimum weight of 150 pounds and the preferred blood Type-A.

Platelet donors can give more frequently than that of regular blood donor. Try every 14 days.

People can also donate their plasma, which, according to the Delta Blood Bank, carries clotting factors and proteins to the body. The requirements here are similar to that of platelet donors. In this case, they’re eligible to donate every 28 days.

Plasma, in addition, is needed to treat burn victims, trauma patients, and patients with blood disorders, cancer and liver disease.

DELTA BLOOD BANK

Website: www.deltabloodbank.org

Locations:

Manteca – 1030 N. Main St. Hours of operation, Monday, 1 to 7:30 p.m.

Stockton – 65 N. Commerce St., Ph. (209) 943-3830; 2888 W. March Lane (Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Hammer Lane Center, 1530 E. Hammer Lane Ste. C-2 (Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Lodi – 125 S. Hutchins St.

Tracy – 2303 N. Corral Hallow Rd. (Friday, 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Ph. (209) 943-3830

Modesto – 1900 W. Orangeburg Ave. (Monday through Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Ph. (209) 644-5030

Turlock – 655 E. Hawkeye Ave. #2 (Thursday, 12:30 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Ph. (888) 942-5663

Ceres – 2517 Mitchell Rd. # F. (209) 538-5990

BLOODSOURCE

Website: www.bloodsource.org.

Locations:

6385 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Ph. (866) 822-5663

1040 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock. Ph. (209) 669-9952

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