U.P. Regional Blood Center Blood Mobile visits John's Auto in Marquette

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MARQUETTE, Mich (WLUC)- The U.P. Regional Blood Mobile made a stop at Jon's Auto in Marquette Friday. They were looking for potential new blood donors.

Blood collected by the center is tested and used at U.P. Health System Marquette and 12 other hospitals in the U.P. Donating blood is easy. The center only asks donors to stay hydrated and eat within two hours of donating. Donors must also be at least 17 years old, or 16 with a parent's consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Blood center employees say donating blood is a simple way to make a big impact.

“There is no substitute for blood, it only comes from volunteer blood donors,” said Sallie Coron, Coordinator of Blood Collections for the U.P. Regional Blood Center. “You can give blood every 8 weeks. It's a very simple way to help somebody else out. It doesn't take a whole lot and you can help up to 3 people. So, it's a really good way to actually save a life.”

The center is in particularly in need of O+, A+, O-, and A- blood, although you do not need to know your blood type to donate. The U.P. Regional Blood Center also has locations in Hancock, Iron Mountain, Escanaba, and Sault Ste Marie.

For more information on the U.P. Regional Blood Center and how to donate, check the related links section at the top right side of this page.

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