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Cancer has hit my family’s women pretty hard, and I know first-hand just how important blood donations are.      I started donating blood and platelets to help people undergoing cancer treatment. Several of the women in my family were diagnosed with various types of cancer.  Platelet and blood transfusions were a vital part of their treatment.   Last year, I attended a cancer benefit with my sister, a 14-year breast cancer survivor. We were sitting at a table, and the woman next to me commented that she had received a platelet transfusion earlier in the week. Then I told this lady that I had given platelets the weekend before. It turned out that me and my table-mate shared the same blood type!  While I don’t know for certain, I think it’s possible that this lady received my platelets. It gave me chills just thinking about it. She was very thankful and it gave me a really good feeling, and made it more personal for me seeing someone that I may have helped personally.   Sadly, my mother passed away recently, after a battle with cancer herself.  I know what my Mom went through.  Donating blood and platelets is my little way of contributing and helping others out. That’s why I do it.
—Lori
 

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Donors can now complete a portion of their health history online with RapidPass!
Join the 10th annual Fallen Officer Blood Drive to honor our heroes.
Cedar Fair is giving donors a special discounted ticket offer and a chance to win four tickets to the Cedar Fair theme park of their choice!
 

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May 4, 2016
Community invited to give in memory of local educator
April 26, 2016
Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation in recognition of Trauma Awareness Month   FORT WAYNE, Ind. — May is Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross urges the community to give blood or platelets to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for trauma patients...
 

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