Aspirus Hospital-Laurium

LAURIUM — One hour. That’s how little time it takes to help save someone’s life with a heroic and generous act – donating blood. Aspirus hospital in Laurium held a drive Wednesday to encourage giving of blood.

A single unit of blood can save as many as three lives. Trauma patients, transfusions for cancer and surgical care, and blood disorders, like sickle cell disease, are the most common uses for blood. And while donations are needed year-round to save lives, in winter, the demand is even greater.

In the past year, blood donors provided life-saving care to 2,549 patients across Aspirus’ four Upper Peninsula hospitals in Laurium, Ontonagon, Ironwood and Iron River.

Each part of the blood plays a critical role in helping patients to heal and recover. Generous donors have made a tremendous impact on the health and safety of the community.