Blood Donors Observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month Think Pink, Give Red In OctoberOct 10th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Community News, Health
Blood donors play a crucial role in the lives of breast cancer patients. More than 230,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next year. What many people may not realize is that due to the harsh effects of chemotherapy, many cancer patients often require blood transfusions. As the nation observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month all blood donors who donate blood or platelets at any OneBlood Donor Center location between October 1 and October 20 will receive a Pink Awareness Ribbon car magnet. Plus, donors will be able to dedicate their lifesaving donation by completing a special “I donate in honor of” card. The card can honor someone who has fought or is currently fighting breast cancer. These special cards will be displayed in the donor centers throughout October. All blood donors receive a wellness check-up including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening. Blood donors must have a valid ID to donate blood. Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion. Blood donations profoundly affect the lives of patients in our community. In many cases one donation can save up to three lives. Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For more information about donating blood, center locations and hours, please visit www.oneblood.org.