During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October, 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.
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. To be eligible, individuals should be age 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Upcoming donation opportunities:
1:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Cole County R-1 High School, Russellville
2-7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Eldon Community Center, Eldon
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Boonville High School, Boonville
2-7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Knights of Columbus, Tipton
3-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Latham Elementary School, Latham
2-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Jamestown C-1 School, Jamestown