NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC)- The U.P. Regional Blood Center's blood mobile made a stop at the TV6 studio Wednesday. Blood donations were collected from a few brave volunteers.
The center collects the donations to be used at U.P. Health Systems Marquette as well as 12 other U.P. hospitals. Donations are used for trauma and cancer patients and general elective surgery patients.
Around 250 pints of various blood types are needed every week to meet the demand. According to the U.P. Regional Blood Center, there is a greater need for donations during the summer.
“It's a really good thing to do, it's a really simple thing to do,” said Sallie Coron, Coordinator of Blood Collections at the U.P. Regional Blood Center. “It doesn't cost you anything. We have some really great juice and cookies and we have an air conditioned blood mobile. We have blood centers all across the U.P. it's really important for people to remember to give blood. Especially during the summer months.”
The U.P. Regional Blood Center is always available to take blood donations. Volunteers must be at least 17 years of age, be in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. Just one pint of blood can save three lives.
The U.P. Regional Blood Center is located at 427 W College Ave. in Marquette, MI. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday 7am-4pm. You can reach them by phone at (906) 225-4610.