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Donor Stories

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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Come out to give blood or platelets July 2-6 and receive a Red Cross embroiderd baseball hat, while supplies last.
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June 29, 2015
More than 40 percent of regular donors may be traveling and unavailable to give The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.
June 25, 2015
Blood and platelet donors can receive a free Cedar Fair theme park ticket This summer, the American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are partnering to thank those who come out to donate blood or platelets at select blood drives with a free Cedar Fair theme park ticket. Donors also have special...
 

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