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

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

“Blood donations are essential for life-saving medical procedures,” Rep. Huffman said. “It is easy to take the availability of blood products for granted, but the reality is that countless lives depend on blood donations. It is my hope that this legislation will increase awareness about the importance of giving blood and encourage more donations across the state.”  

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 help victims of car accidents, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and those suffering from sickle cell disease.

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

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