Posted 05/21/2018

MURRAY-CALLOWAY COUNTY HOSPITAL’S BLOOD DONOR CENTER RECOGNIZES RED CORD GRADUATESMurray-Calloway County Hospital’s Blood Donor Center honored13 local graduates from Calloway County High School during their senior awards ceremony with a red cord “The Cord of Courage” to be worn with their graduation gown.

Students who participated in the program donated at least three times before they graduated at a blood drive. The Cord of Courage is a program to encourage blood donations from high school students in an effort to build lifelong dedicated blood donors for our community. Students can begin donating at age 16 with parental consent.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital has one of only two hospital-based blood banks in the state of Kentucky, which means the blood you donate here, stays here.

By donating blood with a donor group or an individual donation, you are helping children, adults, accident victims, those undergoing surgery and possibly even a family member, co-worker or friend.

Blood Facts:

- On any given day, an average of 38,000 units of red blood cells are needed for patients in the US
- One in 10 people entering a hospital need blood
- Approximately 38% of the population is eligible to donate
- There is no substitute for human blood
- The average adult body contains 10-12 pints of blood

Giving blood is safe, easy, fast and saves lives. The process takes five to 10 minutes and afterwards you relax with refreshments. The entire process takes less than one hour.

For more information on how you can donate to the Blood Donor Center at MCCH or to schedule an appointment, call 270.762.1119.

Donation Hours: MCCH Blood Donor Center – located in the Medical Arts Building – East Wing, Monday-Thursday – 7 am – 5 pm

Pictured above: Mikaylen Evans, Calloway County High School Senior Graduate and Cord of Courage recipient.