Hauppauge (WALK) - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone may be a very busy man but he made time yesterday to donate blood.
Bellone is urging Suffolk residents to do the same, in order to replenish the local blood supply. Levels are low because so many blood drives were cancelled during the harsh winter we just had, says Bellone.
“Each and every day there are thousands of patients who rely on transfusions of red blood cells to save their lives,” said Bellone. “I encourage all residents who are capable of donating blood to come out at upcoming blood drives.”
According to Bellone, about 1 in 7 hospitalized patients requires a blood transfusion, and blood is especially important for people with leukemia, other forms of cancer, and trauma victims. With a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.
Blood donations can be made daily in Suffolk at donor centers located in Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson Station and Melville. To make an appointment at one of the centers or find a blood drive in your own area, call the New York Blood Center at 1 (800) 933-BLOOD or click here.
Photo: Suffolk County Executive's Office