Join the mission to save lives through blood donation.

Join more than 80 organizations in championing policies that expand access to blood products and ensure that all patients receive the vital blood products they need when they need them.

About Blood Advocacy Week

Working together, we will engage in a range of events designed to champion policies that increase access to blood products and expand the donor base, including through:

Urging Members of Congress to provide targeted federal funding to support blood centers' local education and awareness efforts.

Establishing a demonstration program to examine the use of pre-hospital blood for traumatic injury patients.

Encouraging Congress to establish a pilot program to attract diverse and younger blood donors, and to improve testing for better patient matches.

Establishing a demonstration program to allow reimbursement for palliative blood transfusions outside of the Medicare hospice benefit.

Over 80 Organizations Kick Off Blood Advocacy Week by Urging Congress to Support the Blood Supply as a National Priority

Read the letter to Congress here and take action to urge your Members of Congress to do the same.

These Organizations Thank Blood Donors on World Blood Donor Day, Urge Congressional Action to Strengthen the Donor Base

Read more here and urge your Members of Congress to make supporting the blood supply a national priority.

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.

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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. 

About the Issues

This week aims to advance policies designed to increase access to blood products and expand the donor base, including through providing funding for blood centers to boost their education and awareness efforts, including to reach individuals from diverse communities and younger generations; expanding pre-hospital blood transfusions; and allowing palliative blood transfusions outside of the hospice benefit.

Our Partners

Partners taking part in Blood Advocacy Week include AABB (Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies), American Society of Hematology, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Body Interact, Centerlink, Cerus, Civil Air Patrol, the Crescent Foundation, Elks, Georgia Health Policy Center, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, HOSA Future Health Professionals, Johnson and Johnson, Lantana Consulting Group, LifeFactors, Macopharma, National Bleeding Disorders Foundation, North Arundel County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Operation Pulse Lift, QinFlow, Sickle Cell Foundation of Minnesota, Sick Cells, Thalassemia International Federation, Terumo, the Thrive with Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency Organization, University Blood Initiative, and Whitman-Walker Health.

These organizations are joined by community blood centers and blood organizations across the country, including Alliance for Community Transfusion Services (ACTS), Blood Assurance, Blood Bank of Alaska, Blood Bank of Hawaii, Blood Centers of America, Bloodworks Northwest, Carter BloodCare, Central California Blood Center, Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Coastal Bend Blood Center, Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania & Western New York, Community Blood Center (Appleton), Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, ConnectLife, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Houchin Community Blood Bank, Hoxworth Blood Center, ImpactLife, Inova Blood Donor Services, Kentucky Blood Center, LIFELINE Blood Services, LifeServe Blood Center, LifeShare Blood Center, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, LifeStream, MEDIC Regional Blood Center, Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Mississippi Blood Services, National Blood Testing Cooperative, New York Blood Center, Northern California Community Blood Bank, OneBlood, Our Blood Institute, Rock River Valley Blood Center, San Diego Blood Bank, Shepeard Community Blood Center, Solvita, South Texas Blood & Tissue, Stanford Blood Center, SunCoast Blood Centers, Texoma Regional Blood Center, The Blood Center (New Orleans), The Blood Connection, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UCI Health Blood Donor Center, Versiti, Vitalant, We Are Blood, and Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center.

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our 2024 Corporate Partner Council for sponsoring Blood Advocacy Week:

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Write Your Members of Congress

Be a Social Advocate

With your help, we can reach more decisionmakers. Spread the word online today about the importance of Congressional action using this complimentary social media toolkit, which includes a series of pre-sized graphics designed to educate and inspire more people to help save lives during Blood Advocacy Week.

Use the hashtags #BloodAdvocacy & #BloodAdvocacyWeek

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In Their Own Words

Read 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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