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Help kids kick cancer by giving blood with the Red Cross

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.

 

Help kids kick cancer by giving blood with the Red Cross

Help kids kick cancer by giving blood with the Red Cross

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Aug. 27, 2018) During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 15,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. Childhood cancer patients may need blood products on a regular basis during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.

Wren Jansen was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, at age 3. In the two years since her diagnosis, Wren has received 16 blood and platelet transfusions, which she calls “unicorn juice,” thanks to a crafty nurse who used the term to calm her fears during treatment. These “magic” gifts from generous donors have helped restore Wren’s strength and spirit so she can be a normal 5-year-old and fight back against cancer.

In December, Wren and her family hope to mark a special milestone – the end of treatment and the battle with cancer won.

Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets Aug. 31-Sept. 4 will receive a Red Cross aluminum water bottle, while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Everyone who comes to give blood or platelets during September with the Red Cross in the Central Ohio Blood Region will receive gifts from the Columbus Blue Jackets, including a voucher for a buy-one-get-one free hockey game ticket, chance to win a weekly drawing of a Jackets prize pack with game tickets and autographed team item and a chance to win a ride on the Zamboni ice resurfacing machine at a Jackets game.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 1-15:

Athens County

 

Albany

9/13/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Alexander High School, Alexander High School, 6091 Ayers Road

 

Athens

9/12/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Clippinger Hall, 139 University Terrace

9/12/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

 

The Plains

9/5/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hickory Creek of Athens, 51 East Fourth Street

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Coshocton County

 

Conesville

9/13/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., American Electric Power, 47201  County Road 273

 

Coshocton

9/6/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coshocton High School, 1209 Cambridge Road

9/7/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Coshocton Senior Center, 201 Browns Lane

9/9/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Auer Ace Hardware & Altercare Coshocton, 1991 Otsego Ave

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Fairfield County

 

Lancaster

9/3/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Johns Family Community Blood Drive, 343 E. Walnut St.

9/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

9/6/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

9/13/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

 

Lithopolis

9/15/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Pickerington

9/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8950 Refugee Rd.

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

9/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

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Guernsey County

 

Cambridge

9/1/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

9/4/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

9/4/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street

9/7/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Center, 1022 Carlisle Ave

9/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

9/5/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Greenfield Medical Center at Greenfield Area Christian Center, 910 N 5th Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

9/2/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ebenezer Baptist Church, 6935 Twp Rd. 234

9/4/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

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Licking County

 

Heath

9/4/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Boeing Guidance Repair Center, 801 Irving-Wick Drive West

 

Newark

9/4/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/7/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/14/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., YMCA-Licking County, 470 W. Church St.

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Madison County

 

London

9/7/2018: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Blood Drive at Church, 61 S. Union Street

 

West Jefferson

9/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Muskingum County

 

Frazeysburg

9/7/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Meadow View Church of Christ, 6750 Raiders Road

 

New Concord

9/6/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Muskingum University Gym, Comin Street

 

South Zanesville

9/5/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Maysville High School, 3725 Panther Drive

 

Zanesville

9/1/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Hall, 27 So. 3rd Street

9/6/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Northside Pharmacy, 2899 Bell Street

9/7/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Foxfire High School, 2805 Pinkerton Road

9/8/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

9/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Perry County

 

Junction City

9/15/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Legion Hall, 110 Logan St.

 

New Lexington

9/13/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Lexington High School, 2547 Panther Drive

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

9/5/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ohio Christian University, 1476 Lancaster Pike

9/8/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Amvets Post 2256, 818 Tarlton Road

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

9/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

 

Kingston

9/11/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zane Trace High School, 946 St. Rt. 180

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

9/5/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

 

 

How to donate blood

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.

 

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.

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Perry County Suicide Prevention 5K Color Run - Rain Date 9/22 Sep 22, 2018 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM — Empty Lot across from - 609 Mill St., New Lexington, OH 43764
PerCo Cafe Cruise-In - Rain Date September 22 Sep 22, 2018 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM — PerCo Inc. - 2235 State Route 13 NE, New Lexington, OH 43764
RSVP Chronic Disease Class - COPD Sep 27, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM — Somerset Lane Apartments - 214 N Market St., Somerset, OH 43783
Nellie Sheridan Wilson Statue Unveiling and Dedication Sep 29, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Somerset Square - Somerset, OH 43783
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