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Donate blood with the Red Cross to help those fighting cancer

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and more than 268,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

 

Donate blood with the Red Cross to help those fighting cancer

 

Donate blood with the Red Cross to help those fighting cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Oct. 7, 2019) — During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer.

 

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and more than 268,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

 

In August 2016, Myel Bowers-Smith went to the doctor for what she thought was a breast infection for a mosquito bite after a vacation in Cancun. Instead, she received the devastating diagnosis – she had stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer, a very rare and aggressive breast carcinoma. Bowers-Smith, a U.S. Army veteran, committed to fighting for her life. “Once I began fighting, I knew I had to remain strong,” she said. Her aggressive care plan included five different chemotherapy treatments and steroids.

 

Like many patients with cancer, Bower-Smith needed multiple blood product transfusions. Cancer patients undergoing surgery and chemotherapy may require red blood cell or platelet transfusions. In fact, more than half of all platelets collected by the Red Cross are used by patients with cancer.

 

After months of grueling treatments, in August 2017, Bowers-Smith celebrated the news that her cancer was in remission. Today, she enjoys sharing her story and encouraging others to be a blessing by donating blood or platelets. “Eligible donors, you have something good – which is your blood. A pint of blood can help save lives.”

 

Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood, are needed to ensure a stable supply for cancer patients and others this fall. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets during the month of October will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants, courtesy of Tango Card. Terms apply; see rcblood.org/game.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 16-31:

Perry County

 

Crooksville

10/16/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

New Lexington

10/18/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

 

Somerset

10/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Athens County

 

Athens

10/17/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

10/23/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

10/28/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger - Athens, 919 E. State St.

10/30/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Baker Center, Baker Center Ballroom, 1 Park Place

 

Nelsonville

10/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hocking College Recreation Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

10/16/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

10/17/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Coshocton Elementary School, 1203 Cambridge Road

 

Fresno

10/16/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

Walhonding

10/21/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

 

Warsaw

10/29/2019: 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., River View High School, 26496 St. Rt. 60 North

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

10/22/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Johns Branch Library, 116 E. High St

 

Baltimore

10/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., VFW Post 3761, 2155 Reynoldsburg Baltimore Rd.

 

Lancaster

10/16/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fairfield National Bank, 143 West Main St.

10/16/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 245 E. Chestnut

10/24/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

10/28/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Crossroads, 2095 W. Fair Ave

 

Sugar Grove

10/19/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd

10/23/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Berne Union High School, 506 N. Main St.

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

10/16/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave

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Greene County

 

Xenia

10/20/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Xenia Church of Christ, 444 Country Club Drive

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

10/17/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Meadowbrook High School - Colts Out for Blood, 58615 Marietta Road

10/17/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Meadowbrook High School - Colts Out for Blood, 58615 Marietta Road

 

Cambridge

10/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

 

Senecaville

10/18/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Mideast Career Center Buffalo, 57090 Vocational Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

10/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amish Community Blood Drive, 11861 Karnes Road

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Hocking County

 

Logan

10/22/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

10/27/2019: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Turkey Run Mennonite Church, Turkey Run Mennonite Church, 5066 Twp. Rd 372

10/31/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Logan High School, 14470 Ohio 328

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Licking County

 

Etna

10/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Granville

10/18/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Kendal at Granville, 2158 Columbus Road

 

Heath

10/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lowe's, 888 Hebron Road

 

Johnstown

10/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

10/18/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/20/2019: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

10/22/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking County Administration Building, 20 South 2nd Street

10/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/25/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/26/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Weslyan Church, 161 Myrtle Ave

10/27/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, 73 North Third Street

10/28/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

10/29/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., MedBen, 1821 West Main Street

10/29/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Licking County Board of Developmental  Disabilities, 116 North 22nd Street

10/29/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

10/31/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Emerson R. Miller Library, 990 West Main St.

 

Utica

10/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Utica Church of Christ, 115 North Central Avenue

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Madison County

 

London

10/18/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Church, 61 S. Union Street

 

Plain City

10/26/2019: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Maranatha Community Fellowship, 6240 Lucas Rd.

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Muskingum County

 

Adamsville

10/28/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Adamsville Community Center, 8200 Madison Road

 

Dresden

10/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Dresden UMC, 1014 Main Street

 

Duncan Falls

10/29/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Philo HS, 4000 Millers Lane

 

Zanesville

10/17/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ohio University Zanesville/Zane State, 1425 Newark Rd.

10/21/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

10/25/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., West Muskingum Elementary, 200 Kimes Rd

10/26/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

10/31/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Genesis Hospital, 2950 Maple Ave

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

10/16/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

New Lexington

10/18/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

 

Somerset

10/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

10/18/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bainbridge Produce Auction, 4053 St. Rt. 41

 

Chillicothe

10/24/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

10/25/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

10/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

10/23/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

 

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

Volunteers needed

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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.

Upcoming Events
Perry Neighborhood Connection October 2019 Meeting Oct 15, 2019 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Ludowici Factory of Ideas - 4757 Tile Plant Rd, New Lexington, OH 43764
2019 Drive-Thru Flu Clinic and Medication Drop-Off Oct 16, 2019 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM — Perry County Fairgrounds - 5445 St Rt 37 E, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive Crooksville Fire Department Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Oct 16, 2019 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Crooksville Fire Department - 22 China St, Crooksville, OH 43731
Perry County Land Bank October 2019 Meeting Oct 16, 2019 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM — Perry County Commissioners - 121 W Brown St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Perry County Cancer Alliance to Celebrate 20th Anniversary on October 17, 2019 Oct 17, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Perry County Courthouse - 105 North Main Street, New Lexington, OH 43764
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