During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others needing blood products.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., with one in eight developing invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, mastectomy surgery or treatment of complications.
Blood donor Mary Thorngate Hall is one such example. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2010.
“I began treatment (with) my first round of chemotherapy lasting six hours. My body did not tolerate it, and I began to hemorrhage,” she said. “I needed blood to survive. I cannot express my gratitude to the people who donated their lifesaving blood.”
Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those needing transfusions. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB blood.
To make an appointment to donate blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
10/19/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Newberger Hillel Center, 5715 South Woodlawn
10/22/2015: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior
10/22/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Franklin Side
10/26/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison St.
10/26/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, 2235 N. Sheffield
10/26/2015: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., North Star Lodge #1, 809 E. 42nd Place
10/16/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave.
10/25/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Manse for Kenilworth Church, 417 Warwick Ave.
10/17/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., South Chicago Heights Library, 55 E. 31st St.
10/25/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 2501 S Wolf Rd.
10/20/2015: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Benedictine University Krasa Center, 5700 College Rd.
10/22/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr.
10/29/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr. Kankakee
10/24/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kankakee Public Library, 201 E Merchant
10/28/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Faith Reformed Church, 2400 Waldron Rd
10/26/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine
10/18/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Chicago Church of Christ North Suburban Center, 1100 W. Dundee
How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.