Support cancer patients by giving blood with the Red Cross

Support cancer patients by giving blood with the Red Cross

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

October 12th, 2017


(Oct. 9, 2017) — During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others.

Mary Alice Donofrio gave blood for the first time in memory of her mother who received several blood transfusions while being treated for breast cancer. “I had no idea what to expect, but the experience was very easy and quite rewarding. Ever since then, I try and give blood as often as I can, and every time it gives me a good feeling in my heart. It is so nice to know that taking just an hour or so out of my day can help save the lives of others.”

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer are expected in the U.S. this year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, with nearly 253,000 women expected to be diagnosed in 2017. Cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.  

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 16-31
Barr Reeve High School, 627 North 3rd St. Montgomery, IN. 47558
10/19/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, 341 E. 10th St. Ferdinand, IN. 47532
10/29/2017: 7 a.m. – noon

Moose Lodge 1175, 2507 Newton St. Jasper, IN. 47546
10/16/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cathedral Health Care Center, 520 W. 9th St. Jasper, IN. 47546
10/31/2017: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 800 W. Faith Blvd. Princeton, IN. 47670
10/24/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Zion Lippe United Church of Christ, 9000 Copperline E. Road, Mount Vernon, IN. 47620
10/22/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Merrys Miller Manor, 815 Washington St. Rockport, IN. 47635
10/28/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 N. Stockwell Road, Evansville, IN. 47714
10/17/2017: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
10/18/2017: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
10/19/2017: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
10/20/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/24/2017: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
10/25/2017: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
10/26/2017: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
10/27/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/31/2017: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Castle High School, 3344 Highway 261, Newburgh, IN. 47630
10/19/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Gibbs Die Casting, 369 Community Drive, Henderson, KY. 42420
10/21/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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.

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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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