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Blood donations urged to support cancer patients

Published: October 13, 2016 3:17 PM

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.

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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.

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, visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or on Twitter at @RedCross.

Akron

Oct. 17: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 18: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

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Oct. 19: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Summit County Public Health, 1867 W. Market St

Oct. 19: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 20: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Akron Childrens Hospital, 215 W. Bowery St.

Oct. 20: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 21: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 21: 1 - 7 p.m., St Francis de Sales School, 4009 Manchester Road

Oct. 22: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 24: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 25: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Akron City Hosp Professional Ctr South, 55 Arch St.

Oct. 25: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 26: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 27: 1:15 - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 28: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 29: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Oct. 31: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market St.

Cuyahoga Falls

Oct. 17: 1 - 6 p.m., St Eugenes Church, 1821 Munroe Falls Ave

Oct. 21: 1 - 6 p.m., Western Reserve Hospital, 1900 23rd St.

Oct. 25: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Natatorium, 2345 4th St.

Oct. 25: 12:30 - 7 p.m., Natatorium, 2345 4th St.

Fairlawn

Oct. 17: noon - 6 p.m., Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 West Market St.

Hudson

Oct. 26: noon - 6 p.m., Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviatt

Macedonia

Oct. 21: 7 a.m. - noon, Nordonia High School, 8006 South Bedford Road

Stow

Oct. 19: 1 - 7 p.m., Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road

Twinsburg

Oct. 25: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Family Health and Surgery Center, Twinsburg, 8701 Darrow Road


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