Donate blood with the Red Cross to support cancer patients and others needing blood

By Jan Hale, American Red Cross
October 27, 2016

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year and 246,600 of them will be invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.   

Mary Kay Huppert was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. “I was a nurse for 40 years. I saw blood transfusions save a lot of lives.” She received two transfusions herself while being treated for breast cancer.

The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 blood donations every day to help patients, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those needing transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed.

To make an appointment to give blood, download theRed Cross Blood Donor App, visitredcrossblood.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire save time when donating.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:



10/27/2016: 11:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 225 S. Poplar

10/28/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 225 S. Poplar

_______________ Jewell


10/27/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Mankato Community Center, 214 N. High

_______________ Marion


10/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Wohlgemuth Building, 400 S. Jefferson

_______________ McPherson


10/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Peters United Church of Christ, 111 Pine

Mc Pherson

10/31/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 N. Elm

How to donate blood

Simply download theAmerican Red Cross Blood Donor App, visitredcrossblood.orgor 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, 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.

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