Take Note Radio: American Red Cross

According to the American Red Cross, only 5 percent of people who are eligible donate blood. This is happening as medical procedures are becoming more complex, as our society is aging, and as we are engaged in war. Many of our blood donor centers and hospitals are facing serious shortages. How do we encourage more people to become blood donors? We speak with with Lauren Larsen who now serves on the board of directors for the Foundation for America's Blood Centers. In the spring of 2000, her life took a dramatic turn when an emergency c-section triggered near-fatal medical complications. To recover, she was given roughly 200 units of blood. Later in the program, we speak with Wendi Keeler, from the Greater Alleghenies Region of the American Red Cross, about blood donation. Guests: Lauren Larsen & Wendi Keeler