COLUMBUS—State Representative Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City) today applauded the Ohio Senate’s passage of legislation he sponsored that designates the month of January as “Blood Donor Awareness Month.”

House Bill 252 increases awareness for blood donations, encourages members of the public to give blood, and recognizes the lifesaving contributions of blood and platelet donors.

“I was thrilled to see House Bill 252 pass out of the Senate this week,” said Huffman. “As a physician, I see how blood donations save lives on a daily basis. Being a longtime blood donor myself, I chose to introduce HB 252 to raise awareness for the constant demand for blood and encourage everyone to consider donating.”

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do. Blood donation can save victims of car accidents, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and those suffering from sickle cell disease.

House Bill 252 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and will now go to the Governor for his consideration.


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