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Help kids kick cancer by giving blood with the Red Cross | August 26, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 26, 2020) – During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 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.

 

Help kids kick cancer by giving blood with the Red Cross | August 26, 2020

 

Help kids kick cancer by giving blood with the Red Cross

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 26, 2020) During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.

 

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 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.

 

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.

 

Blood donations are needed to ensure blood products are available for pediatric cancer patients and others throughout this pandemic. As a thank-you, those who come to give Sept. 4-8 will receive a pair of Red Cross branded socks, 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 this fall and winter, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

 

Who blood donations help

Ansley Gilich is an outgoing, kind, funny and very smart 7-year-old who enjoys dancing and singing with her family and friends. Earlier this year, Ansley was diagnosed with b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia – the most common type of childhood cancer – and has needed blood products during treatment.

 

“She is beautiful inside and out and is kicking cancer’s butt like the little warrior princess that she is,” said Michelle Gilich, Ansley’s mother, who joined family to host a blood drive to give back to other patients who also need blood. “We know there’s a need for blood products due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we want to help as much as we can.”

 

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may qualify to be convalescent plasma donors. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within 7 to 10 days through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

 

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 1-15:

Perry County

 

New Lexington

9/4/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

 

New Straitsville

9/8/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

 

Somerset

9/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Athens County

 

Albany

9/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ Community Wesleyan Church, 6275 Kenny Memorial Dr.

 

Athens

9/1/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., O'Bleness Hospital, 55 Hospital Drive

9/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

9/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ohio University - Baker Center, 1 Park Place

9/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

9/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ the King Church, 75 Stewart St.

9/15/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

 

Glouster

9/9/2020: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

 

Nelsonville

9/14/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Nelsonville Wesleyan Church, 601 Chestnut St.

 

The Plains

9/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

9/14/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

9/2/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., County Services Building, County Services Building, 724 S. 7th Room 145

9/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

9/8/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Coshocton Inn & Suites, 115 North Water Street

9/9/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

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Fairfield County

 

Carroll

9/5/2020: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Hope Community Church of the Nazarene, 3570 Coonpath Rd.

 

Lancaster

9/7/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Johns Family Community Blood Drive, 343 E. Walnut St.

9/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

 

Lithopolis

9/5/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lithopolis United Methodist Church, 80 N. Market Street

 

Pickerington

9/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Rd. NW

 

Rushville

9/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

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Fayette County

 

Washington Court House

9/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Victim Witness Division, 133 S. Main St.

9/15/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

9/3/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Stop Nine, 60330 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

9/4/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Guernsey County Crossroads Branch Library, 63500 Byesville Road

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Hocking County

 

Logan

9/10/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

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Licking County

 

Hebron

9/3/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village of Hebron Offices, 934 W. Main Street

 

Johnstown

9/11/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

9/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/4/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/9/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

9/9/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/11/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

9/15/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

9/15/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

9/14/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

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Madison County

 

Plain City

9/3/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Haven Fellowship Church, 7730 Converse-Huff Road

 

West Jefferson

9/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Simon and Jude, 9350 High Free West Pike

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Muskingum County

 

New Concord

9/10/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., John Glenn HS, 13115 John Glenn School Road

 

Roseville

9/11/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Post 71, 74 S. Main Street

 

Zanesville

9/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

9/5/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Unity Church of the Nazarene, 3095 Maysville Pike

9/9/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

9/11/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue

9/12/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

9/14/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Perry County

 

New Lexington

9/4/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st St.

 

New Straitsville

9/8/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., New Straitsville United Methodist Church, 101 Clark St.

 

Somerset

9/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

9/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

9/2/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Circleville VFW, 1096 Tarlton Road

9/10/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

9/11/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Circleville High School, 380 Clark Drive

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Ross County

 

Chillicothe

9/4/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

9/9/2020: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

9/15/2020: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

9/15/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

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Vinton County

 

Mc Arthur

9/2/2020: 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% 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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Upcoming Events
September 2020 Coffee with Some Commissioners Sep 29, 2020 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM — Dodson's on Broadway - 313 W Broadway St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive New Straitsville United Methodist Church Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2020 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM — New Straitsville United Methodist Church - 101 Clark St, New Straitsville, OH 43766
Shawnee First Friday Farmers Market | October 2, 2020 Oct 02, 2020 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Intersection of St Rts 93 and 155 - Shawnee, OH 43782
October 2020 Glenford Fort Hike Oct 03, 2020 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM — Glenford Fort - 11995 St Rt 757, Glenford, OH 43739
Perry County Calvary Arts Center Chinese Auction | Saturday, October 3, 2020 Oct 03, 2020 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM — Perry County Calvary Arts Center - 447 S Main St, New Lexington, OH 43764
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