Give Hope to Cancer Patients by Giving Blood with the Red Cross

Give hope to cancer patients by giving blood with the Red Cross

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the perfect time to give blood or platelets to support cancer patients and others.

Anna Gwinnup, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in September 2017. Within weeks, it advanced to stage 2, forcing her to undergo a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, which required blood products. Though she was a blood donor prior to her diagnosis, Gwinnup now has a new passion for the cause. “I want to raise awareness about the need for blood to treat cancer,” she said. Cancer patients may need red blood cell or platelet transfusions during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.

Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations last month.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets in October will automatically be entered to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants. Learn more at RedCrossBlood.org/GoForGoal.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 16-31
IL
Franklin
Christopher
10/26/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Christopher High School, 1 Bearcat Drive
West Frankfort
10/29/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Frankfort Community High School, 601 East Main Street
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Jackson
Carbondale

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10/17/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Southern Illinois University Homecoming Student Center,
Southern Illinois University, Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive
10/19/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Center for Medical Arts, 2601 West Main
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Jefferson
Mount Vernon
10/23/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Casey Middle School, 1829 Broadway
10/27/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Family Video, 2629 Broadway
10/29/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Rolland Lewis Community Building, South 27th Street
Texico
10/25/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Donoho Prairie Christian Church, 7405 Exchange Road
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Williamson
Carterville
10/24/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., John A Logan College, 700 Logan College Road
Herrin
10/26/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Herrin Hospital – Medical Arts Conference Center, 220 South Park
Avenue
Marion
10/28/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Zion United Church of Christ, 930 West Cherry
10/29/2018: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., VA Medical Center, 2401 West Main
10/31/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Heartland Regional Medical Center, 3333 West DeYoung Street
10/31/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Marion Ford, 1910 West Coolidge Avenue
MO
Bollinger
Marble Hill
10/25/2018: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Marble Hill United Methodist Church, 300 East Highway 34, PO
Box 950
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Butler
Poplar Bluff
10/18/2018: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Black River Medical Center, 217 Physicians Park Drive
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Cape Girardeau

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Cape Girardeau
10/16/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt
Auburn Road
10/17/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt
Auburn Road
10/18/2018: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m., Southeast Health, 1701 Lacey Street
10/18/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Southeast Health, 1701 Lacey Street
10/19/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn
Road
10/20/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn
Road
10/21/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn
Road
10/22/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Southeast Missouri State University Towers Residence Hall, 1000
Towers Circle
10/22/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt
Auburn Road
10/23/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Notre Dame High School, 265 Notre Dame Drive
10/23/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Southeast Missouri State University Towers Residence Hall, 1000
Towers Circle
10/23/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt
Auburn Road
10/24/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Southeast Missouri State University Towers Residence Hall, 1000
Towers Circle
10/24/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt
Auburn Road
10/26/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn
Road
10/27/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn
Road
10/28/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt Auburn
Road
10/29/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt
Auburn Road
10/30/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saint Francis Medical Center, 211 St Francis Drive
10/30/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt
Auburn Road
10/31/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Southeast Missouri State University – Clerical & Technical Staff
Dempster Hall Atrium, One University Plaza
10/31/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center, 20 South Mt
Auburn Road
Jackson
10/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mercy Hill Church, 3757 Mo-25
10/24/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church of Christ, 310 North Shawnee
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Franklin

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Pacific
10/16/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mission Community Church, 316 Central
10/25/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Riverbend Middle School, 2085 Highway N
Saint Clair
10/30/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elks Lodge 2651, 35 E North St
Union
10/23/2018: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Clearview Elementary School, 1581 Clearview Road
Washington
10/16/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bank of Washington, 200 W Main
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Iron
Annapolis
10/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., South Iron High School, 210 School Street, Box 218
Viburnum
10/25/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Viburnum High School, Highway 49
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Reynolds
Ellington
10/30/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Southern Reynolds County High School, 1 School Street
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Ripley
Doniphan
10/16/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 308 Walnut
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Scott
Sikeston
10/27/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., B97.9, 101 Industrial Drive
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Stoddard
Dexter
10/22/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 102 East Castor
Puxico

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10/19/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mingo Job Corps Center, 4253 State Highway T
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Wayne
Piedmont
10/25/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Clearwater High School – Middle School, Highway 34 East

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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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,
before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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.

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