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Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region

 
Sep
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Light the Night 2009: Help two great causes by donating blood

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American Red Cross, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to partner on three blood drives...present to donate blood at these drives and the Red Cross will make a monetary contribution to the Society on your behalf!
 
Did you know that nearly 1 out of every 5 blood transfusions is given to a cancer patient?** Patients with blood cancers are often among those needing blood products.
            That’s why the Greater Alleghenies Region of American Red Cross Blood Services and the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have teamed up on blood drives in conjunction with the Society’s upcoming Light the Night Walks in Johnstown, Pa.; Morgantown, W. Va., and Uniontown, Pa.
         Tuesday, September 22, Noon to 6 pm, Holiday Inn-Uniontown (Light the Night Walk is Saturday, September 26)
          Monday, September 28, Noon to 6 pm, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Scalp Avenue, Johnstown (Light the Night Walk is Saturday, October 3) 
          Monday, October 5, 1 to 7 pm, Euro-Suites Hotel, Banquet Hall – Mezzanine Level, 501 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown (Light the Night Walk is Saturday, October 10)
            “Your gift of life at these three blood drives will help two good causes as the American Red Cross will make a financial contribution to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on behalf of every presenting donor at these blood drives,” explained Marianne Spampinato, regional communications manager, Greater Alleghenies Region.
            Spampinato added that the Red Cross will also partner with the Society prior to its Light the Night Walk in Wheeling, W. Va., next April. “As the provider of blood products transfused at hospitals where these Light the Night Walks are held, we are committed to supporting needs of patients and families treated at local hospitals. Our collaboration with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a natural fit on behalf of area families served by the Society.”
            "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is thrilled to once again be partnering with the American Red Cross for this wonderful opportunity and we thank all of those who are involved to make this a win-win situation,” commented Richele Ward, senior campaign director for the Society.
             Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate.
            Appointments are available at all three blood drives and are strongly encouraged to help ensure sufficient staffing. Visit www.givelife.org and enter the following blood drive codes:
            Uniontown – FayettePA
            Johnstown – LTN
            Morgantown - morgantownlls
            Not sure if you can donate blood? Visit http://www.redcross.org/en/eligibility or call the Nursing Collections Department at (800) 542-5663.
            “Volunteers are also needed the day of the blood drive so if you cannot donate blood we ask that you help us out as greeters, donor escorts and as aides in the refreshment area…and recruit a friend or family member to donate blood!” Ward added.
            The Greater Alleghenies Region directly serves hospitals, patients and donors in a 100-county area in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, with more than five-dozen blood products and related services, and also supports blood needs experienced by patients elsewhere in hospitals served through Red Cross Blood Services. For additional information visit www.redcrosslife.org.
            The Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietySM, based in White Plains, N.Y., is the fastest growing, nationwide, non-profit, voluntary health organization. The Society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has provided more than $200 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers. For additional information, contact the Society at (800) 955-4572 or visit www.lls.org. For information about Light the Night Walks, visit http://www.lightthenight.org/wpa.
 
 
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**Information taken from Clinical Transfusion Medicine, Joseph D. Sweeney, M.D. and Yvonne Rizk, M.D.
 
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