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|August 18, 2005
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FRANKLIN SUPERIOR COURT PROBATION OFFICER ORGANIZES BLOOD DRIVE
FOR COMMUNITY LACKING DONATIONS
Superior Court Probation Officer Michael Gralenski literally
infused new blood into the community this week when he
organized a court Blood Drive for the rural area where
donations are significantly low, a decrease which reflects
the status of donations throughout the Northeast region.
fact, according to American Red Cross spokeswoman Donna
Morrissey, blood donations are down, about 400 units or
pints statewide. In western Massachusetts, blood donations
are lacking by 200 pints. To keep up with the demand for
blood, the American Red Cross provides 2,000 units of blood
to more than 200 hospitals throughout New England, excluding
Rhode Island which has its own blood bank. Donating one
pint of blood can save up to three lives, according to
the American Red Cross.
are suffering a shortage in blood donations. There has
been a fall off in donations over the last week or so.
Many people do not realize that there is a need for blood.
Fifty percent of us will need blood in our life time. For
example, blood is provided to people who have experienced
trauma, are in car accidents and to mothers who are giving
birth," said Morrissey. "Every two seconds, someone across
the United States will need a blood transfusion."
is planning to hold the blood drive, in collaboration with
the Bloodmobile of Springfield-based Mercy Hospital, at
the court twice a year.
nine-year Probation Officer, Gralenski was inspired by
the memory of his Dad who suffered with throat cancer in
the late 1960's and needed several units of blood during
was in elementary school and remember all of my family
members having their blood type checked to see if they
could donate blood for my father. Many were able to give
and he lived a great life for many years after the surgery," said
Gralenski. "Giving is truly the gift of life."
give blood, one must be at least 17 years old and 110 pounds.
Call 1-800-Give-Life to find the nearest location to donate