Giving blood to Medic Regional Blood Center helps save lives and it can also help you keep tabs on your own health. When people donate blood they go through a series of check-ups similar to a mini-physical. According to some reports, donating blood may also make you healthier. Studies have shown that men who donate blood have a lower risk of heart disease and lower risk of certain cancers. And, Medic also provides a non-fasting cholesterol evaluation for each donor. Medic struggles to maintain the need for blood in the area. With an aging population and more specialized medicines, it is more important than ever to be a blood donor.
Medic has two locations as well as several community drives. Donors can stop by Medic at 1601 Ailor Avenue or visit 11000 Kingston Pike in Farragut. Community drives are listed:
n Wednesday, Oct. 8, Eastside Church of Christ Maryville, 2543 Sevierville Road, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bloodmobile.
n Thursday, Oct. 9, Maryville College, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bloodmobile at Bartlett Hall.
Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and have positive identification. Donors will receive a free t-shirt and a year’s credit towards Medic’s Family Blood Coverage Program. This program exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood collection and processing fees at any U.S. hospital if a transfusion is needed.