KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Blood donations have slowed to a drip, leaving Medic Regional Blood Center scrambling for more supplies.
Right now they only have about 90 pints of blood on the shelves for the 27 hospitals in our area. Blood donations are always harder to come by during the summer, so Medic is setting up the Blood Mobile for Downtown Donor Days.
Lynda Zollman knows the importance of blood donations. Doctors diagnosed her with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2009. She spent the next 8 months living off other people's blood.
"The chemotherapy would really kill out all my blood cells so, to stay alive, I had to have several units of blood every couple of weeks," she said.
Even though she's never met any of her blood donors, Zollman thought about them during every transfusion.
"When that blood was hanging on the rack and it was coming into my body I would think, 'I wonder who that could have been.'"
Now she encourages everyone who can, to donate
"You don't know whose life you might be saving!" Zollman said.
Jim Richards runs the Mast General Store on Gay Street. He showed up early Monday to donate.
"I'm just thankful that I'm able to do that and healthy enough to do that. And I think it's important to do. And I think there are some people out there that are needing it."
Mike Prowell, Associate Director of Medic agreed, "We're about 100 units of blood short just about every day during the summer months."
So he and others at Medic hope the blood mobile will make up for some of that shortage.
"There is no substitute for blood, so if you're not donating blood, it's not going to be there if you or a family member needs it," he said.
The Blood Mobile will be at the Tennessee Supreme Court on Main Street in Knoxville Tuesday. Wednesday it will be at the City-County building, and and Thursday it will be on Market Square. You can donate from 8am-5pm.