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Blood donation: The hidden truth about who can give [Infographic]

Donating blood is a way for ordinary people to become heroes. If you are a regular blood donor throughout your lifetime, your blood may save the lives of up to 1,000 people.

While it's true that not everyone is qualified to donate, only 5 percent of eligible donors in the United States actually give blood. Worse, the number of blood transfusions increases by 9 percent every year, meaning that the gap between donors and those in need grows wider. Here, presents the numbers behind blood donation and the hidden truth about those who can give.


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