World Blood Donor Day 2010

June 14, 2010

Today, June 14th, marks the 2010 World Blood Donor Day. Every year a different country hosts World Blood Donor Day and this year goes to Spain. The events will be held in Barcelona. The theme for 2010 is “New Blood for the World”.

The focus this year is on young donors and ways to educate them on the importance of being a blood donor. The hope for this World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is to encourage young people to become donors and hopefully they will encourage other young people, bringing “new blood to the world”.

Voluntary blood donors are critical contributors to national health systems and sponsors of WBDD hope to build the number of donors. The aim of WBDD is to educate and raise global awareness of the importance and need for safe blood for transfusion and blood products.

The purpose of WBDD is also to celebrate the lives of those who already are donors and those who are recipients of the blood. Many events will be held by the host country in order to “celebrate the gift of blood”.

For more information, visit www.WBDD.org


Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

June 11, 2010

The Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week is quickly approaching as the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) prepares to enhance awareness on the issue with the theme of “Service Support Providers”.

Beginning on June 27 and ending July 3, the HKNC will focus the week on Support Service Providers (SSP’s). SSP’s are individuals specially trained to assist those who have combined vision and hearing loss. These SSP’s enable deaf-blind individuals to move throughout their environment and make informed decisions. They share their senses to allow for learning, understanding and the ability to perform every day rituals. One of the world’s most famous SSP’s is Anne Sullivan who served as SSP to Helen Keller. Individuals like Anne Sullivan help those who are deaf and blind beat the odds and live as normal as possible.

The HKNC wants to also make all aware that the term “deaf-blind” is not solely for those with complete loss of hearing and sight, but it is also for those with hearing impairments or partially blind. The number of people with these type of problems are growing each year, although few recognize this. The hope for this week is to create an understanding for the public and educate on ways to help the deaf-blind community.

For more information, please visit www.HKNC.org.


National Cancer Survivors Day 2010

June 8, 2010

The 23rd annual National Cancer Survivor Day was celebrated on Sunday, June 6, 2010 in honor of all cancer survivors around the world.

America alone has over 11 million cancer survivors from all different walks of life. Communities throughout the USA hosted events in order to educate the public by bringing awareness to the trials and issues that these cancer survivors go through, while celebrating the life and strength of the individuals and their families.

The non-profit NCSD Foundation was able to provide support to communities hosting NCSD events through free guidance, education and networking. The foundation’s hope and primary mission is “to educate the public on the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors.”

The NSCD Foundation hopes to continue to raise awareness of cancer survivors with help from communities throughout the nation and the participating countries around the world. To find out ways to help and how to host an event in your community or for more information on NCSD, visit www.nscd.org.


School Nurse Day

June 3, 2010

During this week of National Nurses Week, today we commemorate School Nurse Day. Whether in public or private school, school nurses display their passion for children and healthcare daily. They are vital elements within their arenas and help to maintain a healthy environment for children and education professionals.

The purpose of School Nurse Day is established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. Nurses balance a diverse number of medical issues. They may come in contact with thousands of students daily within their school district. Their daily schedule could consist of curing of the common cold, immunizations, screenings, cure the stomach aches, ear infections, hearing and vision testing, asthma, student obesity, preventing the spread of disease through blood exposure, and even helping students cope who are homeless or whose parents are incarcerated. While their job is constantly active, they make sure the environment remains healthy and operates without the threat of potential illness.

This week, let’s honor those nurses that work diligently to keep our children, loved ones, and education professionals healthy.

For more information, please visit http://www.nasn.org