News From Terre Haute, Indiana

9/11: 10th Anniversary Coverage

September 12, 2011

Donors remember times of need as they let the ‘red’ flow

TERRE HAUTE — The music floating about Fairbanks Park was serene, but inside the air-conditioned RV nearby, the blood was pumping.

The Indiana Blood Center had a line of potential donors Sunday evening amid the Wabash Valley 9/11 Memorial Event at Fairbanks Park. Spokeswoman Shelly Shearer said the group hoped to get 24 units donated that evening.

“And I don’t think we’re going to have a problem,” she said as volunteers stood outside the bloodmobile.

Blood centers across the state hosted donation drives all weekend in commemoration of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001. The need for blood is constant, she said, but in times of emergency the demand increases rapidly.

“During a time of tragedy, blood collection is very important,” she said, explaining one unit of blood can save three separate lives.

Chad White, a supervisor with the Indiana Blood Center, said individual units of blood are separated into the packed red cells, plasma and cryoprecipitate.

“It’s rare that a doctor asks for whole blood anymore, so we just split everything. That way one person’s donation can help three different patients,” he said.

Type O blood is the most common and therefore the most heavily needed, he said, noting any type is good though.

“I jokingly say if it’s red we need it,” he remarked, adding that when shortages do occur, it’s typically among the O and A types, both positive and negative.

The Indiana Blood Center worked with WTWO-TV Friday at Baesler’s Market, bringing in 45 units between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. A donation typically takes 45 minutes. Photo identification is required.

Ten years ago, cars lined the road as donors waited to give blood at the Indiana Blood Center’s location at 2021 S. Third St. the morning of the attacks, she said. But having a ready supply in advance is always better than waiting until tragedy strikes.

Inside the air-conditioned RV that serves as the organization’s bloodmobile, Josh Craft was on a recliner waiting to give. The 27-year old Rosedale firefighter said he tries to donate three to four times a year.

“I think it’s important for everyone to donate,” he said, pointing out it’s always better to have more on hand. “If you were involved in a tragedy you’d want blood too.”

Brian Boyce can be reached at 812-231-4253 or brian.boyce@tribstar.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
9/11: 10th Anniversary Coverage
Like us on Facebook!
TribStar.com Poll
Join the Conversation
Helium
Front page
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Raw: 16 Killed in Gaza Market Strike Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit Raw: Guinea Rap Concert Stampede Kills 33+ 3 People Killed, Deputies Wounded in NC Shootout Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News