Health Check: Join Someone Else and give blood
CRANSTON, R.I. (WJAR) —
The Rhode Island Blood Center wants to remind everyone that just because it's summer, don't leave it up to someone else to donate.
It's the focus of its new campaign.
"Someone's my first name, and my last name is Else," said Someone Else, recently visiting our NBC 10 studios.
Mr. Someone Else is a fictional character from Warwick who gives 200 pints of blood a day or 75,000 pints a year.
"There's about 370,000 people in Rhode Island that are eligible to donate and they don't. It's the easiest way to help people," he said.
The message: Won't you join someone else and give the gift of life?
"I have a huge sense of pride giving so much blood,” he said, staying in character. “Helps save lives, especially with the Hasbro Children's Hospital. There's a lot of children battling cancer, leukemia, blood disorders like sickle cell anemia."
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian presented an official proclamation to Someone Else.
"And we really appreciate all you do,” said Avedisian.
The Rhode Island Blood Center is hoping to spread awareness with a touch of humor to get our attention that just one donation -- one pint of blood -- can save up to three lives and that it's especially needed in the summer when donations tend to dip but need does not.