September 6, 2016: Michigan Blood Donation Day

WHEREAS, Michigan is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our state; and,

WHEREAS, low blood supply is a public safety concern both locally and nationally, and our hospitals and medical centers need to sustain a healthy supply for our residents and visitors; and,

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are more than 9.5 million blood donors in the United States and an estimated 5 million patients receive blood annually; and,

WHEREAS, one pint of blood can save the lives of up to three patients. Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than that eligible population actually participate in blood donation each year; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to a number of committed public service and private organizations working to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation, including Michigan Blood, the American Red Cross, the Dr. Daliah Show, and many others; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan Blood Donation Day effectively serves to raise awareness of this important cause and remind us that we need to replenish our blood supply through donation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 6, 2016 as Michigan Blood Donation Day.