Blood Bank of Alaska says it is short on supplies

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Across the country, blood banks are experiencing a summertime shortage of donations, and Alaska is no exception.

But Alaska is dealing with an additional problem: a rise in need.

"Summertimes are always difficult times in terms of blood donations," says Wes Dahlgren, the Director of Operations of the Blood Bank of Alaska. He says he can't attribute the spike in need to any particular cause, but that the Blood Bank is struggling to get enough donations.

According to the Blood Bank, 700 donors are needed each week to maintain blood supply in Alaska. 15,000 Alaskans donate blood each year, which helps patients fighting leukemia, and other cancers, trauma victims, and mothers suffering complications from childbirth.

Donors can find information on scheduling an appointment here.

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