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76 pints of blood collected in memory of Trooper Skinner

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(WBNG) -- Dozens of people came out Wednesday to donate blood in memory of New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner.

Trooper Skinner was fatally hit by a car during a traffic stop on Interstate 81 in 2014.

According to the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross, 76 pints were collected at three locations.

Related: Community donates blood in honor of fallen New York State Trooper

The Red Cross says roughly one pint of blood is collected during each donation.

On its website, the organization published these additional facts about blood needs:

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
  • Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year.
  • Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

Learn more by visiting redcrossblood.org.

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