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Blood donations needed as cancer patients resume care after challenging year | June 1, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 1, 2021) – The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up this June to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Give Time and help ensure loved ones have the strength and support they need as they undergo cancer treatment.

 

Blood donations needed as cancer patients resume care  after challenging year | June 1, 2021

 

Blood donations needed as cancer patients resume care
after challenging year

American Red Cross and American Cancer Society partner to help patients and encourage donors to Give Blood to Give Time

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 1, 2021) – The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up this June to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Give Time and help ensure loved ones have the strength and support they need as they undergo cancer treatment.

 

According to the American Cancer Society, many patient visits and procedures were forced to delay or cancel early in the pandemic to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. With procedures resuming, blood donations are critical for cancer treatments. Unfortunately, the Red Cross is seeing fewer blood and platelet donors give as the nation begins to climb out of this pandemic. This downturn comes at a time when the Red Cross continues to see strong demand for blood products by hospitals, causing concern for the sufficiency of the blood supply this month and throughout the summer.

 

“Many cancer patients, especially those going through chemotherapy, will have a need for blood products during treatment,” said Dr. Baia Lasky, medical director for the Red Cross. “When someone donates blood or platelets, they may not only help prevent life-threatening bleeding that can cause stroke or relieve some symptoms, like shortness of breath and headaches, but also give patients and their families the time and hope they need to fight back.”

 

Some types of chemotherapy can damage bone marrow, reducing red blood cell and platelet production. Other times, the cancer itself or surgical procedures cause the need for blood products. About six blood products are needed every minute to help someone going through cancer treatment. Yet only 3% of people in the U.S. give blood. It is vital that more people donate blood and platelets regularly to meet that need.

 

To schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment, visit GiveBloodToGiveTime.org. As a special thank-you, those who come to donate through June 13 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

 

“The need for blood in cancer treatments is an important and untold story,” said Howard Byck, senior vice president of corporate and sports alliances, American Cancer Society. “The American Cancer Society is excited to be working with the Red Cross on Give Blood to Give Time. Through this partnership, we want people to know there are multiple ways they can help and make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and their families.”

 

Cancer takes so much, but you can help

In August 2016, Myel Bowers-Smith received an unexpected and life-changing medical diagnosis. What she thought was an infection from a mosquito bite was actually stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer. The cancer was a very rare and aggressive breast carcinoma that spread from her breast to her lymph nodes on the left side of her body. “I just knew something wasn’t right with my body,” she said.

 

Bowers-Smith was determined to keep a positive attitude even when her treatments left her feeling sick for days at a time, unable to eat and extremely fatigued. “I received five different chemotherapy treatments and steroids. I also received multiple plasma and platelet transfusions. I would be in the hospital bed for hours receiving treatments,” she said.

 

After months of treatment, Bowers-Smith was told her cancer was in remission in February 2017. “I was more than excited because I survived. I won, and it was time to get my life back! This couldn’t defeat me,” she said.

 

Bowers-Smith recognizes the role of blood products in her recovery and now encourages others to give. “Everyone needs someone, and this is your time to help someone who needs your blood or platelets. Be a blessing,” she said. “Eligible donors, you have something good – which is your blood. A pint of blood can help save lives, and you never know if you or someone you love would need donated blood or platelet products.”

 

Health insights for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies through July 24. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Testing may also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. 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.

 

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is also screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

 

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

 

Blood drive safety

The Red Cross has updated its pandemic safety protocols in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Fully vaccinated individuals, including staff and donors, no longer need to wear masks or socially distance. Unvaccinated individuals continue to be required to wear masks and socially distance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face masks 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 mask while at the drive, in alignment with CDC guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Perry

Somerset

6/10/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

6/5/2021: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Athens

 

Athens

6/1/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Athens County Chapter House, 100 May Ave.

6/2/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sojourners Athens, 5 N Shafer Street

6/3/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Athens County Chapter House, 100 May Ave.

6/10/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Athens County Chapter House, 100 May Ave.

6/15/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Athens County Chapter House, 100 May Ave.

6/15/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., OU Inn - Valkyrie Drive, 331 Richland Avenue

 

The Plains

6/7/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

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Coshocton

 

Coshocton

6/2/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

6/2/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

 

Fresno

6/15/2021: 3:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

Walhonding

6/14/2021: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., New Castle Church, 32421 US RT 36

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Fairfield

 

Amanda

6/15/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Amanda Fire Department, 211 No. Johns Street

 

Baltimore

6/7/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

 

Lancaster

6/7/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

6/8/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

 

Millersport

6/2/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

6/6/2021: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road

6/10/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

6/12/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Road NW

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Fayette

 

Jeffersonville

6/5/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 23 S. Main St.

 

Washington Court House

6/1/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

6/10/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Fayette Medical Center, 1510 Columbus Ave

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Guernsey

 

Byesville

6/2/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60325 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

6/3/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hampton Inn Cambridge, 8775 Georgetown Road

6/8/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

 

Lore City

6/2/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Buckeye Trail High School, 65555 Wintergreen Rd

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Harrison

 

Freeport

6/8/2021: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Licking

 

Hebron

6/10/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hebron New Life United Methodist Church, 925 West Main ST

 

Johnstown

6/14/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

6/1/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

6/1/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/4/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/8/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/10/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., YMCA-Licking County, 470 W. Church St.

6/11/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/12/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Elks Lodge, 73 North Third Street

6/15/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

6/15/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 76 East Main Street

 

Pataskala

6/7/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

6/8/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Family YMCA, 355 West Broad Street

6/9/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

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Madison

 

London

6/9/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairhaven School, 510 Elm Street

 

Plain City

6/2/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church/Parish Activity Center, 670 W. Main St.

6/9/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Jerome Township Administrative Office, 9777 Industrial Parkway

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Muskingum

 

Zanesville

6/1/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

6/14/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble

 

Caldwell

6/3/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

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Perry

 

Somerset

6/10/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

6/5/2021: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Pickaway

 

Circleville

6/1/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

6/4/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Amvets Post 2256-Circleville, 818 Tarlton Road

 

South Bloomfield

6/11/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., South Bloomfield Community Blood Drive, 5000 Park Place

 

Williamsport

6/3/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Crown Hill Golf Course, 9500 US-22

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Ross

 

Chillicothe

6/2/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Heritage Nazarene Church-Chillicothe Campus, 730 Orange St.

6/11/2021: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

6/11/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

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Tuscarawas

 

Newcomerstown

6/9/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

About blood donation

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.

 

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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.

 

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.

Upcoming Events
Blood Drive Perry County Senior Center | Friday, June 25, 2021 Jun 25, 2021 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Perry County Senior Center - 520 First St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive American Legion Post 71, Friday, June 25, 2021 Jun 25, 2021 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM — American Legion Post 71 - 74 S Main St, Roseville, OH 43777
Rally 4 Recovery Virtual "Normal is Overrated" | June 25, 2021 Jun 25, 2021 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM — Virtual via Facebook
New Lexington Fall Festival Spirit of America Color Run/Walk Fundraiser | June 26, 2021 Jun 26, 2021 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM — Village Municipal Building - 215 South Main St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Hooked on Fishing… Not On Drugs Youth Fishing Derby | July 31, 2021 Jul 31, 2021 07:30 AM - 01:00 PM — Perry County Gun Club - 4957 Township Rd 149, New Lexington, OH 43764
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