WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) visited Vitalant, formerly known as United Blood Services, headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona for a tour of their facility to learn more about the blood donation and storage process, along with the importance of blood donations. During the tour, Congressman Schweikert met Adelyn, an Arizonan who just received her 55th blood transfusion at three years old to help battle Diamond Blackfan Anemia. Following the visit, Congressman Schweikert released the following statement:
“Every day there are blood donations made across the country to help save the lives of our brothers and sisters. It was fascinating to tour Vitalant and learn more about the blood donation process and how important blood donation is. During the visit, I had the pleasure of meeting Adelyn and her family, who have been helped by local Arizonans donating blood to ensure Adelyn stays alive, surviving a rare condition where she can no longer produce red blood cells. I implore all Arizonans willing and able to donate blood to learn more about how they can help other community members.”
September 2nd through 9th has been proclaimed by Governor Doug Ducey as Arizona Blood donation week. This week helps to provide awareness for the importance of blood donation to help replenish our state’s constantly used blood supply. The Proclamation was centered around Labor Day weekend as there is often a rise in accidents during holiday travels and blood donations decrease by approximately 25%.
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