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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Donate blood with the Red Cross to support cancer patients and others needing blood

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-
American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers:
Allegany
Belfast
10/20/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Belfast Central School, 1 King Street
Fillmore
10/17/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Centerville Fire Department, County Road 3
10/27/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Fillmore Central School, 104 W. Main Street
Cattaraugus
Allegany
10/20/2016: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Firemans Community Center, 188 W Main Street
Delevan
10/26/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Delevan Fire Fighters Training Center, 1006 N Main Street
Gowanda10/26/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Post 409, 100 Legion Drive
Olean
10/22/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Olean Center Mall, 400 N. Union Street
Otto

10/18/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 9037 Otto-East Otto Rd, County Rte. 12
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Holley High School, Lynch Road