September 8, 2017: Michigan Blood Donation Day

WHEREAS, Michigan is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting our state; and,

WHEREAS, a sufficient blood supply is a public safety issue both locally and nationally, and our hospitals and medical centers need a readily available supply for our residents and visitors; and,

WHEREAS, one blood donation can help up to three patients, and although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10% actually do; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to a number of committed public service and private organizations working to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation, including Michigan Blood, the American Red Cross, the Dr. Daliah Show, and many others; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Blood Donation Day effectively serves to remind us that we need to constantly replenish our blood supply through donation and community awareness;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 8, 2017 as Michigan Blood Donation Day.