of our nation's 69 million children suffer from
diseases that require blood transfusions.
our area alone, hundreds of children with life-threatening
diseases such as leukemia, sickle cell anemia,
lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease need repeated
transfusions just to stay alive.
to a recent study by the National Blood Data
Resource Center, individual blood donations
declined from 14 million in 1994 to 12.6 million
in 1997, while transfusion rates increased by
3 percent in that same period. The study predicts
that the need for blood will continue to grow,
possibly by more than 1 percent per year; the
same is not true for donations.
we can no longer assume that blood will be available
when needed, we must find ways to assure that
it is available for our children who need life-saving