Bloodworks Northwest President & CEO Dr. James AuBuchon shared the following remarks at the Rotary Club of Seattle on Sept. 6, 2017.
There are individuals in our community who generously support others by regularly donating blood. As Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas Coast, and the flood waters were devastating Houston neighborhoods, their support of human need was already evident. Many of those individuals are in this room today, and I want to thank you.
Your gift allowed us to be prepared and respond – respond by providing blood that was prepositioned at Coastal Bend Blood Center in Corpus Christi or that was shipped to Dallas and airlifted to Houston hospitals a week ago before Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center could get back on their feet. They are operational again – but now we have Hurricane Irma headed toward the United States, and we have already received requests to for support from the affected areas since they know they will not be able to collect according to their usual operations.
The moral of the story: Be Prepared. The blood that is needed in a disaster – whether it’s a hurricane or a bus crash on the Aurora Bridge or an emergency surgery that never makes the news– has to already have been recruited, collected, tested, processed and ready to go before the event. So when you hear our request to donate in coming months, or you learn of a blood drive at work or your place of worship, please sign up. When you see our blood mobiles and signs, please walk in to help, to help your neighbor, a family member or someone affected by a disaster, small or large. Your donation being there, at the ready, could indeed make the difference between life and death.