June 5, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – With 100 percent of the South Texas blood supply coming from volunteer blood donors, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is taking part in a worldwide celebration of blood donors. In honor of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, all presenting donors June 13 through 15 will receive a special T-shirt.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in high-income countries transfusion is most commonly used for supportive care in cardiovascular surgery, transplant surgery, massive trauma and therapy for different malignancies. Specifically in the U.S., 70 percent of blood donations are used to help patients undergoing treatment for those malignancies, such as leukemia and lymphoma.

WHO’s goal is for all countries to obtain 100 percent of blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors by 2020. Currently, only 60 countries have met this goal.