Heroes needed to save lives this spring

Staff Report

Oklahoma Blood Institute is celebrating 40 years of saving local lives through blood donation, and needs hero donors to roll up their sleeves and give their unique, life-saving gift this spring.

March 1 through May 16, blood donors will receive a free, limited edition vintage-style 40th anniversary “Hero” T-shirt in their choice of color of blue, purple or green. Donors are especially urged to give during Spring Break.

“Because many people leave town or are busy with activities when school’s out, this time of year can be especially challenging for the blood supply,” said Tara Scott, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s director of Donor Recruitment and Community Relations. “Healthy adults are encouraged to give blood soon, and as often as possible, to ensure an adequate blood supply at our area hospitals.”

In 1977, Oklahoma Blood Institute made a commitment to be the donor-to-patient lifeline, providing hope, healing and comfort to local patients. Oklahoma Blood Institute is a non-profit, independent blood center that now serves more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.

“Oklahoma Blood Institute is dedicated to continuing our legacy of health, service, community and innovation,” said John Armitage, Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “Forty years ago, Oklahoma Blood Institute was established with the goal of saving local lives and serving our local hospitals. We could not accomplish that without the real heroes, our selfless blood donors.”

For more information call 877-340-8777 or visit obi.org.

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