Help Kids Kick Cancer By Giv­ing Blood

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Dur­ing Child­hood Cancer Aware­ness Month this Septem­ber, the Amer­i­can Red Cross en­cour­ages el­i­gi­ble donors to give blood to sup­port kids, teens and young adults bat­tling cancer, as well as oth­ers in need of trans­fu­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Cancer In­sti­tute, more than 15,000 chil­dren and ado­les­cents in the U.S. are di­ag­nosed with cancer each year. Child­hood cancer pa­tients may need blood prod­ucts on a reg­u­lar ba­sis dur­ing chemo­ther­apy, surgery or treat­ment for com­pli­ca­tions.

Lo­cally, a blood drive is planned for Thurs­day, Sept. 6 at the Gene Bianchi Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 110 S. Sec­ond Ave., Oak­dale, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, es­pe­cially type O neg­a­tive and O pos­i­tive, are ur­gently needed to re­plen­ish the blood sup­ply fol­low­ing a crit­i­cal sum­mer blood short­age.

Make an ap­point­ment to do­nate by down­load­ing the free Amer­i­can Red Cross Blood Donor App, vis­it­ing Red­Cross­ or call­ing 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800733-2767). Those who come out to give blood or platelets Sept. 1 through 30 will re­ceive a coupon for a free haircut via email sev­eral days after their do­na­tion. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2018, at par­tic­i­pat­ing Sport Clips lo­ca­tions. Donors must have a valid email ad­dress on record to re­ceive the coupon.

Sport Clips Hair­cuts is a part­ner of the St. Baldrick’s Foun­da­tion, which sup­ports re­search to find cures for child­hood can­cers.

“The Red Cross and Sport Clips share a com­mit­ment to help­ing kids kick cancer, and we are thrilled to part­ner in Septem­ber for the Sav­ing Lives Never Looked So Good cam­paign to help bring at­ten­tion to this im­por­tant topic,” said Donna M. Mor­ris­sey, di­rec­tor of na­tional part­ner­ships, Red Cross Biomed­i­cal Ser­vices. “We are grate­ful to Sport Clips for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the Red Cross and for thank­ing the gen­er­ous blood and platelet donors who help make life­sav­ing treat­ments pos­si­ble for many child­hood cancer pa­tients.”

“With Sport Clips, the Red Cross and St. Baldrick’s join­ing forces dur­ing Child­hood Cancer Aware­ness Month, we hope to spread the word about the im­por­tance of blood do­na­tions, es­pe­cially for chil­dren fight­ing cancer,” said Amanda Palm, com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for Sport Clips. “Of­fer­ing a free haircut is our way of say­ing thank you to blood donors every­where.”

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