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Help kids kick cancer by giving blood with the Red Cross

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and 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

Red Cross and Blue Jackets partner to offer icy-cool prizes to donors in September

COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 26, 2019) September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and 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.

 

Those who come to donate with the Red Cross in the Central Ohio Region from Sept. 1-30 can receive a voucher for one free Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket, plus can enter to win a prize pack with two game tickets and signed team memorabilia.

 

The National Cancer Institute estimated that more than 15,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. would be diagnosed with cancer last year. Childhood cancer patients may need blood products on a regular basis during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.

 

Cancer and cancer treatments can put patients at risk for low red blood cell and platelet counts. Some types of chemotherapy can damage bone marrow, lowering the production of red blood cells and platelets. Cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma attack the bone marrow as well. Blood and platelet transfusions can enable patients to receive critical treatments needed to fight and survive cancer.

 

Platelet donors and blood donors of all blood types are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a summer blood shortage. As a thank-you, those who come to give Aug. 30-Sept. 3 will receive a unique Red Cross canvas tote bag, while supplies last.

 

Make an appointment to donate 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. Blood drives are also essential in helping ensure blood is available for patients this winter. To learn more and sign up to host a blood drive, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

 

Who blood donations help

In October 2018, what began as a normal toddler’s ear infection changed the Corbeau family’s life forever. Beth and Matt Corbeau’s 2-year-old son, Jackson, was running a high fever. He was taken to urgent care and diagnosed with a simple ear infection and prescribed antibiotics. After a few days, Jackson’s fever failed to subside, and he became increasingly more lethargic. His parents decided it was time to have him seen again.

 

After a quick visit to Jackson’s primary care physician, they were advised that he was anemic and were instructed to take him to the local emergency room. Five grueling hours after arriving at the ER, the Corbeau’s were introduced to a pediatric oncologist. Beth recalls that moment, “As soon as she introduced herself as a pediatric oncologist, I felt the room get extremely small. I don’t remember anything that was said that afternoon after she said the word ‘leukemia.’”

 

In the first few days after diagnosis, Jackson received red blood cell and platelet transfusions to prepare him to have a port placed in his chest to receive chemotherapy treatments. He has gone through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and has received approximately seven units of blood and four units of platelets during his treatment so far.

 

“Our family is so grateful to blood and platelet donors who so generously make time to share their good health with patients like Jackson,” says Beth Corbeau. “It’s easy to forget about the importance of blood donations if you don’t know someone in need, but it’s something I will never take for granted again.”

 

Donors are urged to make an appointment to donate using the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/sport-clips, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. The Red Cross and Sport Clips encourage donors to use the hashtag #SavingLivesLooksGood to share their new looks and invite others to give.

 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 30-Sept. 15:

Perry County

 

New Straitsville

9/10/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

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Athens County

 

Athens

8/30/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger - Athens, 919 E. State St.

9/4/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

9/10/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

9/11/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

8/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Coshocton Regional Medical Center, 1460 Orange Street

9/4/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Coshocton County Department of Job and Family, 725 Pine Street

9/6/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Earl's Dari Drive In, 708 Otsego Ave

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Fairfield County

 

Lancaster

9/2/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Johns Family Community Blood Drive, 343 E. Walnut St.

9/3/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

9/5/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

9/10/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ohio University Lancaster Campus, 1570 Granville Pike

 

Lithopolis

9/14/2019: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Pickerington

9/3/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

9/6/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Victim Witness Division, 133 S. Main St.

9/9/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

9/10/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miami Trace High School, 300 Bloomingburg-New Holland Rd NW

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Greene County

 

Wilberforce

9/10/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Ward Student Center, 1400 Brush Row Road

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Guernsey County

 

Cambridge

9/4/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cambridge Chiropractic, 927 Wheeling Avenue Suite 201

9/6/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Guernsey County Crossroads Branch Library, 63500 Byesville Road

9/13/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., High School, 1401 Deerpath Drive

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

9/10/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Greenfield McClain High School, 200 N. 5th Street

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Licking County

 

Granville

9/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Denison University, 100 West College

 

Heath

9/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Boeing Guidance Repair Center, 801 Irving-Wick Drive West

 

Hebron

9/5/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

 

Newark

8/30/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

8/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Weslyan Church, 161 Myrtle Ave

9/1/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

9/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

9/3/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/6/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/10/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/11/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

9/13/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

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Madison County

 

Plain City

9/5/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Haven Fellowship Church, 7730 Converse-Huff Road

 

West Jefferson

9/3/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Muskingum County

 

Philo

9/1/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Harrison Twp Fire Department, 300 3rd Street

 

South Zanesville

9/11/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Maysville High School, 3725 Panther Drive

 

Zanesville

8/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Community Bank, 113 N. 5th Street

9/7/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

9/9/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

9/13/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

9/14/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

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Perry County

 

New Straitsville

9/10/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

8/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets, 818 Tarlton Road

9/3/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

9/4/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., OhioHealth Berger Hospital, 600 N. Pickaway Street

 

South Bloomfield

8/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway Red vs Pickaway Blue, 5075 South Union Street

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

9/12/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Pixelle Family Medical Center, 311 Caldwell St.

 

Kingston

9/12/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zane Trace High School, 946 St. Rt. 180

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Vinton County

 

Mc Arthur

9/4/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., VFW Post 5299, 401 Veterans Memorial Drive

 

 

 

 

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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