Donors Needed to Stock Eastern Iowa Blood Banks

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Every eight weeks for the last eight years K.C. Swearington has given a pint of blood.

"A pint of blood to save a life, I hope someday someone will do that for me," Swearington said.

Swearington, like many regular donors, has a very personal reason for making regular visits to the blood center.

"It's important to me because I remember in my earlier years my mom needed blood big time because she had two blood transfusions for her heart," Swearington said.

Luckily, for Swearington's mother, several of the men his father worked with stepped up and donated. Heart disease patients are second only to cancer patients as the top recipients of blood, number three on the list are car crash victims.

"The need never changes there's always someone giving birth or having surgery or in an accident, they're going to need blood to go home to their families," Swearington said.

Blood banks need anywhere from two to 100 units of blood, which is why volunteer donors are so important. If you are 16 years of age or older, weigh more than 110 pounds, and are healthy chances are you can donate, and as Swearington will tell you it doesn't take much time.

"I came in a little after 10:00 a.m., it's 10:30 a.m., now so about 20 minutes," Swearington said.

Just fill out a little paperwork, donate, enjoy a snack, and you're on your way. In less time than it takes you to go to lunch, you could save a life.

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