About Blood Advocacy Week

Save the date for Blood Advocacy Week 2024, where we will come together to celebrate the life-saving power of blood donation! Each year, we dedicate this week to spread awareness about the critical role that blood products play in saving lives across our communities and healthcare systems.

Join us in our mission to educate and inspire members of the blood community, lawmakers, healthcare decision-makers, advocates, providers, and more. Together, we will champion policies that expand access to blood products and ensure that all patients receive the vital blood products they need when they need them.

Get ready to be part of a week that not only recognizes the impact of blood donation but also mobilizes action for a stronger and more diverse blood supply. Together, we can make a difference!

Why We Must Act

Blood transfusion is a critical medical procedure in the United States, with a patient requiring a transfusion every two seconds. It is essential for addressing acute care needs such as trauma, as well as for managing ongoing diseases like cancer, inherited blood disorders, cardiovascular and orthopedic surgeries, and organ and bone marrow transplants.

Since blood cannot be artificially manufactured, our nation's blood supply depends on voluntary donors. The collection of blood and recruitment of donors in the United States is facilitated by a network of not-for-profit blood centers located throughout the country. More than 50 community blood centers collect the majority of the blood used by patients every year.

Today, the U.S. blood supply is facing challenges. These include declines in the overall number of blood donors each year, particularly those under the age of 50, and a reduction in school and business-based blood drives. These traditional sources of blood donation are gradually recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, nearly 60% of blood donations come from individuals over 40, and almost 45% are from those aged over 50. From 2019 to 2021, there was a 60.7% decrease in donations from individuals 16-18 years old and a 31.9% decrease in donations from individuals 19-24 years old. This is significant, as donations from younger generations are pivotal for the stability and diversification of the blood supply.

Creating a diverse pool of blood donors is crucial for patient care, particularly for those with conditions that require frequent transfusions, including Sickle Cell disease and Thalassemia, which disproportionately affect minority populations.

Blood Advocacy Week is designed further policies designed to help address these challenges and ensure blood products remain available for all patients in need.

What percent of eligible U.S. population donates blood each year?
What percentage of whole blood donations in the U.S. come from minority donors?
What percentage of all whole blood donations in the U.S. are from first time donors?
What was the percentage decrease in donations from individuals aged 16-18 years old between 2019 and 2021?

Download the definitive guide to U.S. blood donation and public messaging, where you can explore over 40 verified statistics that offer crucial insights into America's blood supply and its donors. 

Be a part of this week

Join us in making a tangible impact during Blood Advocacy Week. Email us to learn how you or your organization can get involved.


In Their Own Words

See firsthand stories about the lifesaving importance of blood products

“I truly believe in my mind that early blood transfusions made a difference in me being alive and here today. If I didn’t receive blood that quickly, my thought is that I wouldn’t have made it," said Scott, Pleasanton, a Texas resident who severed nerves, muscles, tendons and blood vessels during a home improvement accident. 

"They pulled me out of my back window, got me into the ambulance, hooked me up to the whole blood, and as soon as the whole blood went through, I woke up," said Tiffany, a Texas resident who needed a blood transfusion following a car accident. 

“We’re forever grateful to the people who saved my life, and I hope my story will let people know how important donating blood is to saving lives," said Mayah Zamora, 10-year-old survivor of the Uvalde school shooting.

“But no matter how difficult it got or how bad the pain was, the one thing that I could count on to help me recover quickly and bounce back was a blood transfusion,” said James Griffin, who relies on blood transfusions to treat Sickle Cell disease. 

“If we don’t get blood, something bad could happen. Donating blood is doing something good for others,” said Breanna Steele, who relies on blood transfusions to treat Sickle Cell disease.


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