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SPINNING TO ADVANCE APHERESIS MEDICINE ON APHERESIS AWARENESS DAY

September 15, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is proud to join the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) in celebrating Tuesday, Sept. 15 as Apheresis Awareness Day, now officially recognized on the third Tuesday in September.

The purpose is to raise awareness of apheresis treatments made possible by platelet, plasma, double red blood cell and COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) donations and to honor the apheresis donors and practitioners dedicated to helping save lives.

Platelet and plasma donors are in high demand. These blood components are critical for the treatment of cancer, trauma, transplant, and burn patients.

Registration and screening are similar to a whole blood donation, but the actual donation takes a little longer. Blood is drawn from one arm and channeled into an automated system. It spins the blood, separating and collecting platelets or plasma, then returns all remaining blood components to the donors.

The automated centrifuge process is why "Spinning to Advance Apheresis Medicine" is the slogan for Apheresis Awareness Day.

Automated double red blood cell donations are encouraged for type O donors. Safely donating two units of red cells helps increase the supply commonly used in surgery and the emergency treatment of trauma patients.  

CBC asks apheresis donors to take part in the "Big 6 Platelet Challenge" by donating at least every two months and collecting all six t-shirt designs.

CBC also encourages COVID-19 survivors to become "Crisis Warriors" by donating their antibody-rich plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. CCP donors receive the "COVID-19 Crisis Warrior" t-shirt.  

Find out more at www.GivingBlood.org  or talk to an apheresis specialist at (937) 461-3220.

 MEET SOME OF CBC'S PLATELET DONORS:

Dayton donor Betty Rabold has 393 lifetime donations and will soon become only the fifth female donor at Community Blood Center to reach 400 donations. "She is always willing to come in when we need her and calls often to see if we need her!" said CBC account development representative Nicole Thruston. Betty began donating n 1975 and has been a platelet donor since 1991. "I've always tried to come about once a month," she said. "This is a good thing that I can do, and I keep on coming back."

Springfield donor Brian Lindamood began donating platelets and plasma in 2011 and now has 83 lifetime donations.   He donates monthly at the Maiden Lane Church of God community blood drive. "He is very eager to donate and always encourages people to donate," said Nicole. "When he had to take a year off for health issues, he encouraged his son to donate and now his son is a regular donor."

"I am inspired to donate by the constant need for platelets or plasma in the local community," said Brian. "It is the way I have chosen to give to those in need. Sort of a 'pay it forward.' When I get a message that my blood was used to save a life it makes me feel good that I could help. 

"Anyone who is thinking of donating should at least give it a try. The process is straight forward and easy. The staff is very kind and make you feel at ease. You will be glad you did!"

Beavercreek donor Kurt Lafky has been donating whole blood and platelets since 2008 and has 78 lifetime donations. "He is so passionate about giving," said Nicole. "He donates as much as he can at his church (Patterson Park) and in the Dayton center."

Springfield donor Todd Arantz is a new platelet donor who has made a big impact at CBC."He moved here from Tennessee in January and has become a regular donor by donating 14 times already this year," said Nicole. "I started donating platelets to help cancer patients and anybody in need of platelets," said Todd. "I would tell anybody that is looking to donate to jump in and do it. The CBC staff is awesome and make it a very easy process."