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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.
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Pint Size Heroes
This American Red Cross program introduces children to the importance of donating blood. It encourages students to volunteer at the blood drive and invite parents, guardians and other adults to give blood on their behalf. Click here to learn more.
High School Program
We hope our high school program will encourage school and student participation. Click here to see an outline of the awards available through this year’s high school blood drive program. The more blood drives your school hosts each school year, the more prizes students and school are eligible to receive.