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The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need. Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. Also, patients who need repeated transfusions must have blood that is matched very closely. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity. Donors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all blood... [Read More]
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