Hispanics Commit for Life
Hispanics Commit for Life is a part of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's Diversity Commit for Life Program. It is The Blood Center's goal to diversify the current donor base to help a unique segment of our community.
Life-saving donations from these diverse communities help patients like Christopher.
At birth, Christopher's mom, Monica, knew her son would one day need blood, as he was born with a congenital heart disease and a blood disorder. In April 2008, Christopher underwent open-heart surgery and required several units of blood to help save his life. Today, he is a healthy, active and energetic little boy because of all those who made a commitment to save lives like his.
How involved is the Hispanic community in donating blood?
The Hispanic population is growing six times faster than the general public. While the Hispanic community continues to grow, so does the need for blood.
There are far more Hispanic patients needing blood then there are Hispanics donating blood. In fact, of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's total donor base, only 22 percent are Hispanic.
Why is it important for Hispanics to Commit for Life?
Hispanics have a unique opportunity to help save a broad cross-section of patients, as a large number of Hispanics have type-O blood, the universal blood type that can be transfused to a patient with any blood type, and is frequently used in emergencies.
Hispanics can also play a life-saving role in the life of a Hispanic patient. Several Hispanic patients require closely matched blood, which is most likely to be found among Hispanic donors. You might be the one to help save their life!