Blood. Such an important part of us. This story on the HH blood pilot program at the Red Cross was about two years in the making ((UPDATE: two years and one day. it got dropped yesterday because of the huge fire. We'll try again tonite at 5)). Every time we tried to get it set up-- there was some hurdle, including:
- No phojo to shoot it.
- Out of town.
- In meetings.
- On business elsewhere.
- Breaking news.
- Exploding car.
But we finally got it done and tonite you get a small peek into this pilot program, This chapter of the Red Cross has collected 900 units of blood (basically 900 pints) from people with HH. And that's just here. When it rolls out nationwide, which should happen when all the Red Cross facilities are all on-line with their donor ID program, the donations will increase that much more.
About 60% of the people who have HH qualify to donate under the guidelines. Here's a link to the Red Cross Blood Donor Program (for HH or otherwise):
Here's a bit more on HH:
And a link to the American Hemochromatosis Society:
There you go!! McGorge Scott stopped by to leave me with these cool photos to share!!