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Blood donations bring hope to families and patients

Southeastern Michigan

September 19, 2012
 

 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

You can bring hope to a child’s life in the time it might take to eat lunch with a friend.

By donating blood through the American Red Cross, you can help provide the blood some children may need for their ongoing cancer care. With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, blood donors are encouraged to make and keep appointments and help children beat serious disease.

“Donated blood and platelets can play an enormous role in cancer care and treatment,” said Diane E. ward, CEO for the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Chances are, there’s a child or a family waiting for the gift you can give.”

Transfusions of red cells and platelets can help save a patient’s life, or dramatically improve their quality of life from day-to-day. Leukemia and other cancers can cause anemia and internal bleeding, chemo and radiation can lower blood counts, and cancer-related surgeries can result in blood loss.

According to the National Cancer Institute, about 10,400 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer in a typical year. Of those childhood cancer patients, about one-third will have some form of leukemia. Many forms of leukemia respond to current medical care, including the most prevalent: acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.

"When you give blood, you give hope,” said Ward.  “We often hear from families who say that because blood was there, their child has a chance to grow up and enjoy every moment. Just think of the power your donation can bring.” 

 

Media Contacts:

Martha Kurtz, 313-494-2745                         

Bridget Tuohey, 313-576-4184