Red Cross: Support cancer patients by giving blood

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During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others.

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer are expected in the U.S. this year. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, with nearly 253,000 women expected to be diagnosed in 2017. Cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.  

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 old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities from Oct. 16-31 include:


Oct. 16 — 3-7 p.m., Sandoz, 4700 Sandoz Drive

Oct. 19 — 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wilson Community College, 902 Herring Ave.

Oct. 26 — Noon to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Wilson, 311 Nash St. NW

Oct. 28 — 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 2512 Nash St.

Oct. 31 — 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Greenfield School, 3551 N.C. 42 W.


Oct. 30 — 3-7 p.m., Bailey Baptist Church, 6646 Deans St.


Oct. 31 — 3-7 p.m., Stony Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 9649 Stony Hill Church Road


Oct. 21 — 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Town Council Chambers, 114 W. Church St.

Oct. 23 — 4-7 p.m., Key Fitness, 145 Nashville Commons Drive

Red Oak

Oct. 18 — 2-7 p.m., Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department, 7951 Red Oak Blvd.

Spring Hope

Oct. 18 — 3-7 p.m., Spring Hope Volunteer Fire Department, 415 W. Nash St.


Oct. 30 — 3-7 p.m., Sunset Church of God, 1709 Anaconda Road