Q Center Year End Blood Drive

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2016 was hard. Here's a chance to make it better. This is our last blood drive for the year. Please join us and spread the word.

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When the appeal for blood came from Orlando, Bloodworks Northwest responded by sending more than 70 units of blood components to help treat those affected. After helping to meet the need of the crisis, they needed our communities help to rebuild our local inventory to ensure they could meet the needs of our local community and have the ability to help during future crises. Our goal was to replenish those 70 units. After yesterday's blood drive we have exceeded our goal!

As a commitment to future crises and in the memory of our loved ones in Orlando, we have decided to continue our blood drives as a monthly series. Be part of our proactive team of donors and sign-up for our next drive on 9/26! If you've ever considered becoming a blood donor, now's the time. YOU can save up to THREE lives! Walk-ins are totally welcome and bring a friend/coworker/partner/neighbor (or five) and make it a tradition!

Because of Bloodworks Northwest's leadership, Q Center has decided to host monthly blood drives so that we can help prepare for the next crisis. While this is a sad reality that our country has created, we will do our part to mitigate the loss of life. We believe that there are many ways to bring attention to the FDA ban from petitions to protesting to advocacy. We are choosing advocacy and support peoples choice to protest. That said we also believe that the real "choice" lies with the FDA and that they should make the choice to overturn any deferral or ban on MSM.

We chose to partner with Bloodworks Northwest for these reasons:

The FDA restrictions on men who have sex with men are out of their hands and they understand the complexities that comes with it.

They are family. Many of their staff identify as LGBTQ and we feel safe with them.

They are advocates. Not only did they answer Orlando's call for blood, but their President and CEO, Dr. James P. AuBuchon has been a proponent of lifting the ban for years.

“We understand and share the frustration of the LGBTQ community that even with the new FDA policy on MSM deferral, some people who want to donate still cannot. We are urging the FDA to explore all approaches that will expand the available donor base, while applying the best data, science and medical knowledge available to ensure the continued safety of the community blood supply.” Dr. James P. AuBuchon, President and CEO Bloodworks Northwest.
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