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March 20, 2008

Albany -- With south Georgia's blood supply at a critically low level, the Red Cross is especially thankful for donors.

The Red Cross held a banquet Thursday night, to honor people who donate platelets that help patients who undergo procedures such as bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy.

The Red Cross presented awards and gave out door prizes to thank those who make a sacrifice to help others.

"These are the sickest of the sick, weakest of the weak patients. By giving platelets in this fashion, in one donation they can give as many platelets as we might harvest from five regular blood donations," said Doug Patten, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's Chief Medical Officer.

You can give platelets 24 times a year. It takes about an hour and a half.

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