LAKE ZURICH, Ill., Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fenwal, Inc., a global medical technology company focused on improving blood collection, separation, safety and availability, announced today the names of 16 inspiring individuals inducted into the company's 2010 Donation Hall of Fame.
For more than a decade, Fenwal has partnered with blood centers to recognize people who can serve as an inspiration to others in assuring medicine's most vital natural resource -- blood -- is available for trauma victims, people undergoing critical surgeries and patients receiving therapies for cancer, leukemia and other medical conditions. Blood is a life-saving resource that is always needed, and it costs nothing to give.
Inductees are chosen based on their commitment to blood donation, whether by directly giving blood or by organizing drives and special events that recruit blood donors. Each inductee's story is a testament to the need for blood, and the personal reward of knowing your donation is making a difference in people's lives.
"As you think of ways you can give back this year, remember blood donation," said Ron Labrum, president and chief executive officer of Fenwal. "Giving blood is a gift for which patients and their families will forever be grateful. It is our honor each year to recognize those who can serve as an inspiration in supporting this life-saving cause."
Since there is no substitute for human blood, hospitals and patients rely on volunteer blood donors for blood transfusions, like those celebrated through the Fenwal Donation Hall of Fame.
On average, more than 38,000 units of blood are needed every day throughout the United States. One accident victim may need up to 100 units of red blood cells. Every day thousands of people throughout the United States donate blood to help others, making blood donation one of their "charities" of choice. Their donation saves and