Give blood at the third annual Battle of the Badges hosted by the DCU Center. It's the Worcester Fire Department vs. Worcester Police Department. One donation equals one vote! Who will win? The blood donors decide!
The third annual Battle of the Badges has returned for another year and we're here to tell you what's at stake and why your donation matters more than you might think.
1. Demand for blood can really be as dramatic in real life as it is on TV—even more so. Right here in the U.S., blood is needed every 2 seconds for multiple reasons: surgeries, cancer treatments, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries (fact: a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood!).
Good news is that 1 donation can potentially save up to 3 lives. Bad news is that less than 38 percent of the American population is eligible to give blood or platelets, keeping our resources low and emergency situations much more dire. And just as every vote matters, every blood donation matters. It all adds up! A quick trip to a nearby blood bank is important and appreciated in more ways than one. Who knows, you could save three lives in the single hour you sacrificed to donate.
2. All blood types are special in their own way and their abilities do not go unnoticed.
Take Type O negative blood for instance. Only 7% of the population is Type O negative; the very type doctors trust to use on all patients in extreme emergencies when little time can be spent testing a patient's blood type before a procedure. With only 3% of age-eligible people able to donate blood yearly, you can imagine the honest need for all blood types—but more specifically Type O negative.
3. Alright, now here’s your chance to join in on some quick local fun and directly impact a fellow human in need and give hope to the ones that love them!
The annual Battle of the Badges is back at the DCU Center on August 29th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with both the Worcester Fire Department and Worcester Police Department ready to go head to head again in a friendly competition to collect the most units of blood donated in their department’s name. One donation equals one vote!
Last year, 221 units of blood were donated thanks to our city’s heroes and those that stopped by and participated. If you’re wondering, 221 units of blood translates to 663 people that get to see another day.
And get this! All presenting blood donors will receive a free Big E ticket, 2 tickets vouchers to a Paw Sox Game for remaining home games, and one free hot dog or veggie wrap plus a cookie from SAVOR! This year’s winner will receive bragging rights and a trophy, plus a $1,500 donation to the charity of their choice courtesy of the Worcester Railers HC. Worcester Police received 135 of the 256 votes cast by blood drive participants at the 2018 event. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), use the Blood Donor App and enter sponsor code: WorcesterDCU, or visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule your appointment today.