Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Red Cross partner to raise awareness

April 25, 2014

As a mother and grandmother, Cheryl Hurley’s first thought when diagnosed in 2006 with non-Hodgkin mantle B-cell lymphoma was of her daughter and grandchildren. She credits the will to remain a part of their lives along with the care of her doctors, a stem cell transplant and numerous blood donors as essential to her recovery.

“I am a two-time cancer survivor and also a stem cell recipient who has received numerous blood products during my cancer battles,” said Hurley. “I just finished my last treatment, and I’m grateful to be here to celebrate Mother’s Day with my family. It took a lot of people, much time, and generous blood donors to get me to this point.”

To honor Hurley and other mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and those fighting cancer, the Kansas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Red Cross are partnering for the first time on a blood drive to be held at the Wichita Blood Donation Center May 8 to 10.

“It takes only a short time out of your day to give blood,” said Jennifer Jones, Kansas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Patient Access Manager. “In return, you know that you are helping someone with a blood cancer have a chance at life.”

n Honor of All Moms – Kansas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Blood Drive

May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., May 9 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and May 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wichita Blood Donation Center, 707 N. Main St., Wichita.

“Many thanks to Kansas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for partnering with us to raise the awareness of the need for blood,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO, Central Plains Blood Services Region. “With summer right around the corner, the timing of this drive is very important. If you can’t donate at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Blood Drive, please be sure to add giving blood to your summer to-do list.”

Blood donated during the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society blood drive may help cancer many types of patients, including those battling leukemia and other forms of cancer. In fact, some cancer patients require daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment. 

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in Kansas) weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.