FYI: Blood Donations Needed to Support Cancer Patients and Others Needing Blood

The following was provided For Your Information by the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

breast-cancer-blood-donationMore 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 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 to save time when donating.

In addition to being able to donate blood at the Winston-Salem Blood Donation Center Monday-Friday and Sunday of each week, the following blood donation opportunities are availabel October 16-31:

American Red Cross Winston-Salem Blood Donation Center, 650 Coliseum Drive

Monday, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


10/18/2016: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jerry Long YMCA, 1150 S. Peace Haven Road
10/27/2016: 8:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., West Forsyth High School, 1735 Lewisville Clemmons Road


10/17/2016: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 205 South Main Street
10/18/2016: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Paddison Memorial Library, 130 East Mountain Street
10/23/2016: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Main Street United Methodist Church, 306 South Main Street


10/21/2016: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Forsyth Country Day, 5501 Shallowford Rd.

Winston Salem

10/16/2016: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Canaan United Methodist Church, 1760 Shady Grove Church Road
10/19/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., R.J. Reynolds High School, Northwest Blvd
10/20/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., South Fork Church Of Christ, 205 Keating Drive
10/23/2016: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 167 Shady Grove Church Road
10/26/2016: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., FTCC – Oak Grove Center, 2100 Silas Creek Pkwy
10/28/2016: 9:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Mt Tabor High School, 342 Petree Road
10/28/2016: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Center for Creating Opportunities, 4401 Cherry Street

Walnut Cove

10/19/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., South Stokes High School, 1100 South Stokes High Drive

More information about donating blood:

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.


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