First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communication Office
First Lady Glenna Fletcher Encourages Blood Donation

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher visited Central Kentucky Blood Center’s mobile blood drive today at the Capitol to help raise awareness for blood donations across the state.

First Lady Glenna Fletcher Encourages Blood DonationOn March 10, the First Lady donated blood at Central Kentucky Blood Center’s Lexington office. That blood, along with blood donated by Governor Ernie Fletcher’s brother Larry, was given to the Governor to assist in his recent medical recovery.

“Every day, Kentuckians are able to recover from surgeries, accidents and injuries thanks to the generosity of those who give blood,” said the First Lady. “Please consider joining me in donating blood. Kentucky lives depend on it.”

According to the Central Kentucky Blood Center:

  • Anyone in general good health, at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate blood every 56 days, or every two months. There is no upper age limit.
  • 4.5 million American lives are saved each year by blood transfusions.
  • 38,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States.
  • Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  • About 1 in 5 people entering a hospital needs blood.
  • Three lives are saved by one pint of donated blood.
  • The average adult has 10 pints of blood in his or her body.
  • The Central Kentucky Blood Center serves 67 Kentucky hospitals in 59 central and eastern Kentucky counties.

For more information on donating blood to the Central Kentucky Blood Center, call (800) 775-2522 or visit their Web site at Mobile blood sites in central and eastern Kentucky can be found by clicking on “find a mobile drive.”