Donating blood in October another way to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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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.

Mary Alice Donofrio gave blood for the first time in memory of her mother who received several blood transfusions while being treated for breast cancer.

“I had no idea what to expect, but the experience was very easy and quite rewarding. Ever since then, I try and give blood as often as I can, and every time it gives me a good feeling in my heart. It is so nice to know that taking just an hour or so out of my day can help save the lives of 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.  

Upcoming Kentucky blood donation opportunities Oct. 16-31:

Spencer Christian Church, 5720 Taylorsville Road, Fisherville
10/25/2017: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Hillview City Hall, 283 Crestwood Lane, Hillview
10/23/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center, 520 E. Chestnut St. Louisville
10/16/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
10/17/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
10/18/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
10/19/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
10/22/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

10/23/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
10/24/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
10/25/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
10/26/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
10/29/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
10/30/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
10/31/2017: noon – 7 p.m.

East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville
10/16/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
10/17/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
10/18/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
10/19/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
10/22/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

10/23/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
10/24/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
10/25/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
10/26/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
10/29/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
10/30/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
10/31/2017: noon – 7 p.m.

Zaxby’s–Old Henry, 13811 Terra View Trail, Louisville
10/16/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2300 Taylorsville Road, Louisville
10/16/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville
10/17/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Zaxby’s, 4949 Dixie Highway, Louisville
10/18/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

St. Edward, 9608 Sue Helen Drive, Louisville
10/18/2017: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Louisville Realtors Association, 6300 Dutchman’s Parkway, Louisville
10/19/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Elmcroft Senior Living, 700 N. Hurstbourne Lane, Louisville
10/20/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Blvd. Louisville
10/22/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, Louisville
10/22/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fern Creek Fire Department, 6200 Bardstown Road, Louisville
10/22/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Reality, 9300 Shelbyville Road, Suite 502, Louisville
10/23/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Zaxby’s, 5025 Mud Lane, Louisville
10/23/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Signature Healthcare of South Louisville, 1120 Cristland Road, Louisville
10/27/2017: 8 a.m. – noon

Kroger Hillview, 5001 Mud Lane, Louisville
10/27/2017: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

St. Michael Catholic Church, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive, Louisville
10/29/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi, 1960 Bardstown Road, Louisville
10/29/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Culver’s, 4630 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville
10/29/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Signature Healthcare LLC, 12201 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville
10/30/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Walden School, 4238 Westport Road, Louisville
10/30/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

DeSales High School, 425 Kenwood Drive, Louisville
10/31/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Whitefield Academy, 7711 Fegenbush Lane, Louisville
10/31/2017: noon – 6 p.m.

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 and platelet donors can 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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

From American Red Cross

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