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IT takes at least nine people donating blood monthly through Lifeblood, to treat just one person living with blood cancer.

The Leukaemia Foundation is urging the national community to give generously in support of Australian blood cancer patients who are heavily reliant on donations following National Blood Donor Week last week.
A special donor, Dulwich HIll’s Kent Broadhead’s blood has an antibody that is used to make a medication called anti D.
When pregnant women with a negative blood type fall pregnant with a baby who has a positive blood type, the mother’s body can attack the baby.
This can result in severe anaemia, disability, and sometimes death.
Kent is one of 150 Australians whose blood is used to the make the medication that prevents this.
Donating blood since he was 17, Kent – who is B negative – has donated 135 times and says it was after being a regular 70 or 80 times that he was asked to go into the anti D program.
“I’m pleased I can help, the anti D program is vital for mums and was important for returning Vietnam soldiers who had been injected with whatever blood type they had on the battlefield,” Kent said.
“Donating blood is important, everyone should if they can.”
Research shows that almost half of Australians who don’t give blood believe that road trauma is the leading cause of a person needing donated blood.
Yet road trauma accounts for just two percent of our total blood usage, while cancer patients are the nation’s largest users of blood.
To make a blood donation, visit lifeblood.com.au.

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