Gold Coasters are being praised after it was revealed local blood donors have saved the lives of over 350,000 Australians in the past decade.
The Robina Blood Donor Centre is celebrating the major milestone today, to mark the ten year anniversary of opening its doors.
Since 2009, Gold Coast residents have made over 120,000 lifesaving blood donations at the centre – including helping extend the life of the late Nicole Greer.
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Last November, Nicole was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer at the age of just 29.
Throughout her treatment, Nicole required life-saving blood transfusions and her life was extended by a few precious months due to generous donors.
Sadly, on July 4 this year Nicole passed away, just one week after getting married. From her hospital bed she urged family and friends to donate blood.
Blood Service spokesperson Belinda Smetioukh said the number of Gold Coast donors over the last decade has been nothing short of extraordinary.
“The number of donations made each month at the Robina Donor Centre has tripled since it first opened” Ms Smetioukh revealed.
As part of the celebrations, the centre will also be hosting a plasma party to encourage more locals to donate plasma, a golden coloured component of blood for which demand is growing rapidly.
“Plasma can be used in 18 different ways, and with demand for this powerful component of blood growing every year, donations are always needed,” Ms Smetioukh said.
“Plasma is used to treat cancer, shock and burns, fight infectious diseases, protect pregnant mothers, prevent blood clots, and stop critical bleeding – often in emergency situations” said Ms. Smetioukh.