Blood drive is April 18

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By The Staff

The Kentucky Blood Center is encouraging eligible blood donors to give at an upcoming blood drive and to bring a new blood donor along.

Not only will blood donors help save the lives of Kentucky patients, they also will receive a free mini-physical.

The next opportunity to donate will be Friday, April 18 at Forcht Bank on East Broadway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling (800) 775-2522.

"Donating blood is a healthy thing to do. It not only makes donors feel good about saving a life, but they get a free mini-physical every time, too," said Loretta Robinson, donor recruitment specialist.

All Kentucky Blood Center donors undergo several health checks prior to donating to ensure they are healthy enough to give blood.

Every time a person donates blood, he or she is always given a free anemia test in addition to a pulse and blood pressure check. In addition to these tests, donors complete a health questionnaire, which asks about their health histories, medications and travels.

Research has also indicated that donating blood may reduce the risk of heart disease for men.

Those wanting to donate blood can visit www.kybloodcenter.org for blood drive and donor center details. The Kentucky Blood Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for 67 Kentucky hospitals and clinics, thanks to generous blood donors in 62 counties.