During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others.
Mary Alice Donofrio gave blood for the first time in memory of her mother who received several blood transfusions while being treated for breast cancer. “I had no idea what to expect, but the experience was very easy and quite rewarding. Ever since then, I try and give blood as often as I can, and every time it gives me a good feeling in my heart. It is so nice to know that taking just an hour or so out of my day can help save the lives of others.”
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer are expected in the U.S. this year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, with nearly 253,000 women expected to be diagnosed in 2017. Cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 16-31
10/31/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Southern Coffey County USD #245, 600 Stuckey
10/30/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lebo High School, 415 N. Ogden
10/16/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 639 Lincoln
10/26/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Derby Welcome Center, 611 N Mulberry
10/23/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Goddard United Methodist Church, 300 N. Cedar
10/27/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Eisenhower High School, 1230 S 167th St West
10/28/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Haysville Community Library, 210 S Hays Ave
10/28/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mount Hope Community, 105 S Ohio
Wichita Blood Donation Center, 707 N. Main St
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
10/20/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carson Bank, 4641 East Douglas
10/20/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Healing Waters, 2000 N. Rock Road Suite #100
10/22/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 600 N. Greenwich
10/22/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 202 N Clifton
10/27/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cessna Aircraft Company – Parts and Distribution, 7121 SW Blvd
10/30/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Lincare, 7777 E Osie Suite #301
10/31/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Newman University O’Shaughnessy Hall, 3100 McCormick
10/31/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Navy Recruiting Station, 7348 W. 21st, Suite 126
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.