International Plasma Awareness Week


WHEREAS, it is important to raise awareness of the need for source plasma collection; and

WHEREAS, plasma donations, often called “the gift of life”, produce plasma protein therapies (PPTs); and

WHEREAS, research shows that PPTs, a unique biologic product for which no substitute therapies exist, help save and improve lives by combating rare diseases such as bleeding disorders, primary immunodeficiency diseases, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and certain rare neurological disorders; and

WHEREAS, International Plasma Awareness Week recognizes those who donate plasma and raises awareness of the need for plasma collection;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 12-18, 2014, as INTERNATIONAL PLASMA AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.