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What if A, B and O vanished?

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- What if the letters A, B and O vanished from the alphabet? Here's what that question would look like without them:

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That's the point the Red Cross is making with their just-announced Missing Types campaign. A, B and O are the main blood groups, and when donated A, B and O blood is missing from the shelves of hospitals, patients are impacted.

Hope Jensen was just 2 years old when doctors diagnosed her with childhood leukemia. She received 29 blood transfusions to help keep her immune system strong enough to endure chemotherapy.

She is now the Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Red Cross because the blood she received was donated by people she never knew -- and those people helped save her life.

"Those 29 transfusions were never in question," Jensen said. "I never had to worry about my immune system being deficient because I had all transfusions."

Now through July 3, the #MissingTypes movement wants to spread the word through social media. The organization is encouraging businesses to remove A, B and O from their logo or messaging, spread the word through their social media platforms and encourage people to donate blood.

Or, said another way:

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While A, B and O are the most-used and necessary blood types, the Red Cross said all blood types are needed to keep a reliable supply for those who need it.

It's easy to donate blood. 

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, go to RedCrossBlood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767) for more information.
 


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