GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Every year, on June 14, St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center celebrates World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood
products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
Blood is an important resource, both for planned treatments and urgent interventions. It can help
patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and
supports complex medical and surgical procedures.
Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care. A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity, is a key component of an effective health system.
“We need blood every minute, every day of the year. It is vital, that we are prepared for any need that arises. We are the primary blood supply for the entire Western Slope, and we serve 21 hospitals. Today, we express our gratitude to our kind and generous donors, who truly give the gift of life,” said Kevin Dryanski, Blood Center Director.
Donation takes as few as 40 minutes, and one donation can save as many as three lives. To donate on
the bloodmobile or at the Pavilion, make an appointment by visiting donor.stmarysbloodcenter.org. The Donor Center at 750 Wellington Avenue is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday mornings, 8:00 am to noon.