Joshua Wong: Double Red Cell Hero

December 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Joshua Wong, an enthusiastic supporter of blood donation, recently made his first donation of double red cells. Double red cell donation is an apheresis donation in which two units red blood cells are collected, and the plasma and platelet portions of the blood are returned. This double donation can be crucial to the survival of patients receiving numerous transfusions.

Eligible donors can give double red cells every 16 weeks or 112 days, and the entire appointment takes 85 minutes. Donors must be of certain blood types and meet special height and weight requirements. To learn more, visit the Double Red Cell Program page or call 1-800-398-7888.

By donating, Joshua also made a valuable contribution to the Asian American community in Western Washington. Less than one percent of donors in Western Washington belong to ethnic minorities. While most patients can receive blood from donors of the same blood type, some need closely matched blood, which is most likely to come from donors of the same ethnicity. To learn more, visit the Perfect Match Program page.

Thank You, Joshua!