Bleed for the Cure, Susan G. Komen Blood Donor Promotion

                                                                        

What is Bleed for the Cure?
Bleed for the Cure is a partnership between the American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region, and Susan G. Komen West Virginia. Individuals who want to participate in West Virginia’s Race for the Cure® are urged to donate blood at a designated blood drive to help save lives in two ways.

Why is the American Red Cross and Susan G. Komen West Virginia in partnership?
Approximately 18 percent of the blood collected by the Red Cross is transfused to people with cancer, which is not well-known by the general public. Partnering with Susan G. Komen West Virginia allows people to give in more than one way to help save lives.

Where do I donate blood?
Designated Bleed for the Cure Blood Drives and Donor Centers are listed below. To schedule an appointment, select the link for the desired blood drive or donor center location.

Designated Blood Drives:

April 5
WVU Health Science Center,  Noon to 6:00
Medical Center Dr., Morgantown
Click here to schedule an appointment

April 12
WVU Rec Center, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
2001 Rec Center Dr., Morgantown
click here to schedule an appointment

April 16
Buckhannon-Upshur High School, in the Gym, 9:00  to 2:00
click here to schedule an appointment

April 16
Lewis County High School, in the Gym, 8:00  to 2:00
click here to schedule an appointment

April 19
Tygarts Valley High School, in the Gym, 9:00  to 2:00
click here to schedule an appointment

April 21
South Charleston Community Center, 8:00  to 1:00
601 Jefferson Rd., South Charleston
click here to schedule an appointment

April 25
Philip Barbour High School, in the Gym, 8:30  to 2:30
click here to schedule an appointment

April 25
Bethany College, 1:00 to 7:00
Private Dining Rooms, in Benedum Commons
click here to schedule an appointment!

 

-Blood drives listed are subject to change. Please call 1-800 RED CROSS the day of the drive to confirm the time, date and location, if you have not scheduled a donation appointment.

 

Designated Donor Centers:

Charleston Donor Center
click here to schedule an appointment
4501 MacCorkle Ave., S.E.
Wednesdays      Noon to 6 p.m.
Fridays      9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Huntington Donor Center
click here to schedule to schedule an appointment
1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Tuesdays      12:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Last Friday of each month    9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Parkersburg Donor Center
click here to schedule an appointment
3210 Dudley Ave.
Mondays      Noon to 6 p.m.
Fridays      9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ohio Valley Medical Center
click here to schedule an appointment
2000 Eoff Street, Wheeling
Mondays      Noon to 6 p.m.

Morgantown Donor Center
click here to schedule an appointment
1223 Pineview Dr., Morgantown
Fridays      11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

May I donate blood at one of these blood drives even if I don’t run in the race?
Individuals may donate blood at one of these blood drives even if they don’t enter West Virginia’s Race for the Cure®. However, the Red Cross encourages blood donors to participate in both events. Donating blood and being involved in the 5K will allow individuals to unite with others who are also taking action across the country and the world to help attack breast cancer.

Why is donating blood important?
Every two seconds someone in our country receives a blood transfusion. The top leading users of blood and blood products are cancer patients, trauma victims and surgical patients, with cancer patients being the leading user. More than one million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, while receiving chemotherapy treatment.

The number one reason donors say they give blood is because they want to help others.

The American Red Cross is the primary provider of blood and blood products to hospitals in West Virginia, and provides over 40 percent of the blood across the country.

About donating blood.
The entire process, from start to finish, takes about an hour and 15 minutes. The actual donation typically takes less than 10 to 12 minutes. Roughly one pint is given during a donation, and all potential donors are given a mini-physical to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood. Appointments are encouraged, and can be scheduled by selecting the desired link on one of the above blood drives or donor centers. Walk-in blood donors are welcome.

When and where is the race?
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® 5K run and fitness walk will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Charleston, W.Va. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the race kicking off at 9 a.m. More information and how to register for the race can be found at www.komenwv.org.

Who can participate in the race?
Anyone of any age and fitness level, from walkers to elite runners, may participate in the race. Teams are encouraged.

What do I get?
If you present to donate at one of the blood drives listed above, you will receive a discount code to use when you register for the Race for the Cure 5K, either online or on paper. This qualifies for a $5 registration discount. This is the only race discount being offered this year by Susan G. Komen West Virginia.

How do I form a team?
Individuals are urged to form a team of racers. You can form teams from family members, friends and co-workers. Each team member should then sign up to donate blood to qualify for the Race for the Cure® discount. More information on forming a team can be found at (insert link).

How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.

 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40percent of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

About Susan G. Komen Race® for the Cure events:
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen West Virginia Affiliate:  Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.  In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. The WV Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. They join more than a million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world’s largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen WV Race for the Cure®, the WV Affiliate has invested over 2 million dollars in community breast health programs servicing the 55 counties of WV. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in West Virginia. The remaining income goes to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Research Awards Grants Program to fund research. For more information, call 304-556-4808 or visit www.komenwv.org