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Blood Is Running Thin In The Carolinas

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The Red Cross says the recent winter weather across the country has left it in desperate need of blood. Now they are short 25 thousand units of blood. Two thousand of those units are needed in the Carolinas. The pain of the needle is nothing compared to the pain a person feels when they're options become limited. Jennifer Ross can recall that feeling when she was younger.

“When I was 16, I was in a very bad car accident and needed two blood transfusions. So I've given pretty much regularly since then,” Kathleen Parnell said.

For Ross, every drop of blood counts. Those drops were the difference between life and death for her son. He was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer at eight months old. His success story is an example of the many lives that are impacted by donations.

“I know that there's children at Presby and Levine. I've stood in the shoes of their parents. I've been scared and I know that it helps. So I would encourage anyone that can to get out there and donate,” she said.

The Red Cross is working to make sure it has enough to meet the demand.

“We're also trying to get the blood drives that were canceled back on the books as quickly as possible. We canceled about 50 in the Carolinas region. So we certainly want to get those back on the books as quickly as possible,” Kara Lusk Dudley, Red Cross spokesperson, said.

Lusk Dudley says  patients can't wait for the snow to clear or rain to stop when it comes to needing blood transfusions. Every minute makes a difference.

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