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American Red Cross Urges Donors To Give Blood
Updated October 5, 2016 7:26 AM
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(UNDATED) - 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 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:

  • Saint Bartholomew, 1306 27th St. Columbus, IN 47201 10/16/2016: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Paoli Christian, 1700 W. Hospital Paoli, IN 47454 10/17/2016: 1 - 6 p.m.
  • Indiana University Foster Residence Center, 1000 Fee Lane Bloomington, IN 47406 10/17/2016: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Edgewood High School, 601 S. Edgewood Ellettsville, IN 47429 10/18/2016: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St. Bloomington, IN 47402
    • 10/19/2016: Noon - 6 p.m.
    • 10/20/2016: Noon - 6 p.m.
    • 10/21/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • 10/22/2016: 8 a.m. - noon
    • 10/26/2016: Noon - 6 p.m.
    • 10/27/2016: Noon - 6 p.m.
    • 10/28/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • 10/29/2016: 8 a.m. - noon
  • First Presbyterian Church, 221 E. 6th St. Bloomington, IN 47408 10/20/2016: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,1010 22nd St. Bedford, IN 47421 10/22/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Brown County High School, 235 School House Lane Nashville, IN 47448 10/24/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Walmart, 3200 John Williams Blvd. Bedford, IN 47421 10/25/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • City of Bloomington, 401 N. Morton, Suite 210 Bloomington, IN 47402 10/26/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. Columbus, IN 47201 10/26/2016: Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Kroger, 1175 College Mall Road Bloomington, IN 47401 10/27/2016: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Developmental Services Inc., 2920 10th St. Columbus, IN 47201 10/28/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Drive Columbus, IN 47201 10/28/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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