Donate blood with the Red Cross to support cancer patients and others needing blood
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year and 246,600 of them will be invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.
Mary Kay Huppert was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. “I was a nurse for 40 years. I saw blood transfusions save a lot of lives.” She received two transfusions herself while being treated for breast cancer.
The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 blood donations every day to help patients, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those needing transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
10/25/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Beaver Dam High School, 500 Gould St
10/20/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fox Lake Correctional, W10237 Lake Emily Rd
10/24/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., IAM LL873 Union Hall, 258 Barstow St
Fond du Lac
10/18/2016: 11:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Maximillians, 155 Fond du Lac Street
10/18/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church ELCA, 430 Griswold St
10/26/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jefferson High School, 700 W Milwaukee St
10/28/2016: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., City Hall, 200 Water St
10/17/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct.
10/18/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Schlitz Park Office Building, 1555 N River Center Dr
10/18/2016: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., YMCA W Suburban Branch, 2420 N 124th St
10/19/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W Lincoln Ave
10/25/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Matthew Lutheran Church, 1525 N Grant St
10/31/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Olympia Brown Elementary School – REAL Charter School, 5915 Erie. Street
10/21/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sheboygan Trades and Labor Hall, 1104 Wisconsin Ave
10/28/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sheboygan Trades and Labor Hall, 1104 Wisconsin Ave
10/27/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sperino’s Monte Carlo Room, 720 N. Wisconsin St.
10/21/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., St Francis De Sales, 148 W Main St
10/22/2016: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Milliman, 15800 W. Bluemound Road
10/20/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Swallow School, W299 N5614 County Road E
10/25/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lake Country Lutheran High School, 401 Campus Dr
10/28/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hartland Public Library, 110 E Park Ave
10/19/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mukwonago Community Library, 511 Division St
10/31/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Muskego Public Library, S73 W16663 Janesville Rd
10/24/2016: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Highview Evangelical Presbyterian Church, S50 W33042 Town Rd GE
10/27/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 South St
10/18/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Blood Donation Center, 2220 Silvernail Rd
10/20/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Blood Donation Center, 2220 Silvernail Rd
10/25/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Blood Donation Center, 2220 Silvernail Rd
10/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Waukesha Blood Donation Center, 2220 Silvernail Rd
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 some states), 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.