Blood Donors ‘Double” Giving for Local Children
December 3, 2012 — Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is making a contribution to The Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis on behalf of its blood donors. Between May and October, donors were offered the chance to forgo recognition T-shirts, so that OBI could support the local children’s medical facilities with those funds.
Through the gift of blood and support of pediatric research and treatment initiatives at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, donors were able to ‘doubly give’ for local children battling life-threatening conditions.
“Families of sick children in our area rely on Oklahoma Blood Institute donors any time life-saving blood is needed,” said John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO. “With this gift, those blood donors will also improve children’s medical care through our children’s hospitals.”
Jan Dunham, director, Children’s Hospital Foundation, an affiliate of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, said the organization was thrilled to partner with Oklahoma Blood Institute. “We are so appreciative to all the generous and caring Oklahomans who not only give blood to save lives but also gave up their donor gifts to support Oklahoma’s critically ill children through Children’s Hospital Foundation.”
Ricci Walton, program director for CMN at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis said, “We are not finished building a world-class program requiring the right staff, physicians and technology to make a difference in the care patients receive. Support from Oklahoma Blood Institute and the community will help all area children get the care they need regardless of ability to pay.”
Every two seconds someone needs blood. Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in 144 medical facilities across the state. People 16 and older, who are generally in good health, can typically give blood. Donation usually takes about an hour. Yet, of those eligible to donate, less than 10 percent give each year.