NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 3, 2016) — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give
blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this
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
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 the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit
redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). Donors are encouraged to
make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at
redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
Leoma Church of Christ, 2600 Highway 43 S. Leoma, TN 38468
10/17/2016: 2 - 6 p.m.
Clifton Church of Christ, 313 Main St. Clifton, TN 38425
10/17/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Collinwood High School, 401 Trojan Blvd. Collinwood, TN 38450
10/27/2016: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Perry County Community Developmental Center, 113 Factory St. Linden, TN 37096
10/28/2016: 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
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.
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, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
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 redcross.org or
cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.