EAST BRUNSWICK — NJ Blood Services (NJBS), a division of the NY Blood Center (NYBC), will hold a blood drive in honor of Ariel Fishman who through blood transfusions, survived being hit by a taxi after dropping his children off at school. Fishman, who will walk on prostheses for the rest of his life, received 70 blood transfusions after the accident.
Donors should give blood on Sunday, June 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in honor of Ariel Fishman, as well as their father on Father’s Day, at Young Isreal Synagogue, 193 Dunhams Corner Road in East Brunswick.
Each and every day there are patients like Fishman who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive. But blood and blood products can’t be manufactured. They can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center.
In response to an increased need for Rh negative blood, NJBS is urging the community to roll up its sleeves, donate blood, and ensure hospital demands continue to be met over the summer. The need for blood is constant due to its 42-day shelf life and the only place to get this precious resource is from volunteer donors.
Qualified donors in generally good health should be 17 years of age, or 16 with parental permission, weight 110 pounds and present photo or signed ID. Donors over 75 years of age can also keep donating with a note from their physician.
Nationwide, 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet only 2 percent actually give. Every day in the US approximately 39,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities to treat patients with cancer and other diseases, to support organ transplant recipients and accident and trauma victims.
Persons with questions of medical eligibility should call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org