The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year and 246,600 of them will be invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.
Mary Kay Huppert was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. “I was a nurse for 40 years. I saw blood transfusions save a lot of lives.” She received two transfusions herself while being treated for breast cancer.
The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 blood donations every day to help patients, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those needing transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
• Hoisington: Oct. 17, 12:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road
• Ellinwood: Monday, Oct. 10, 1-6 p.m. at the St. Joseph's Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St.
• Great Bend: Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Prince of Peace Parish Center, 4124 Broadway Ave., and Oct. 28, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Technical Building, T-85 (Case New Holland Training Building) at Barton Community College, 245 NE 30 Road
• Claflin: Oct. 28, 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 110 E. Williamson St.
• Larned: Oct. 24, noon to 6 p.m. at the J.A. Haas Building, 400 E. 18th St.
• Bison: Oct. 20, noon to 6 p.m. at Bison Middle School
• St. John: Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IOOF Gym, 700 E. 1st St.