10 Gallon Donor

Pictured, from left, are Janet Valadez of the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Blood Donor Center, Craig Suiter, 10 Gallon Donor, and Melissa Easley, volunteer coordinator for blood drives at First United Methodist Church in Murray.

MURRAY  – Murray-Calloway County Hospital’s Blood Donor Center recognizes Craig Suiter of Murray for being a 10 Gallon Donor. Craig says their coordinator at church, Melissa Easley, got him interested in donating blood and he has been giving since 2004 around 6 times a year.

He has continued to give over the years after learning that cancer patients were the largest recipients of the blood donated.  His dad was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery. After five years the cancer came back in his liver and eventually led to his passing.

“I felt like while I could I should give, especially with cancer patients having the biggest need,” Craig said.

Melissa says after retiring as an RN at the hospital with home health and hospice she felt this is a way she could contribute to the church and the hospital. She coordinates two blood drives at First United Methodist each year and sets a quota to reach 100 units.

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 percent 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 p.m.  

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