Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth and Dragonfly

Alecia Lipton, Assistant Interim Director with Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati sits down for an interview with Ria Davidson, co-founder of The Dragonfly Foundation, to share information about Hoxworth, the process of donating blood and blood products and the Dragonfly effect. Alecia shared that 40% of Hoxworth’s blood supply goes to pediatric cancer patients in Greater Cincinnati.

Since 1938, Hoxworth has grown to support more than 31 hospitals in 18 counties in the Tri-State area. After completing a questionnaire, blood donors will submit to a mini physical and then donate, a process that takes approximately 10 minutes. Donors will be out the door in 30-45 minute on average. Those donating plasma may take longer. Once they take the blood, it gets broken down & divided into 3 components: plasma, platelets, and red cells. Then they test it further. One blood donation can save three lives.

Donating blood is critical to our community. Out of every 10 people, only 3 are eligible to donate, statistically less than 1% actually come in to donate.

Listen to Alecia dispel myths and provide information to alleviate concerns. Included in the conversation with Dragonfly co-founder, Ria Davidson, is a brief mention about saving helium for MRI’s, due to its limited supply.

For more information about Hoxworth, please visit

Dragonfly is grateful to iHeart Radio host, Scott Sloan, for recording the introduction/closing of the podcast. The executive producer of Dragonfly’s podcast is Joe Strecker.

The Dragonfly Foundation(R), a 501c3 nonprofit, helps pediatric cancer patients and their families find strength, courage, and joy. We do this by providing ongoing support, relevant materials, and caring, nurturing and transformative experiences.

To donate and to learn more about Dragonfly, please visit or text WINGS to 71777.

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