Cast a Lifeline For Area Cancer Patients
Join me in casting a lifeline for area cancer patients. It’s Cancer Awareness Month and while there are many types of cancer, there is one fight. You can make a difference by donating blood.
Why do cancer patients need blood? Because those undergoing chemotherapy must have a constant source of blood to provide oxygen-carrying red blood cells and platelets to boost blood clotting. Furthermore, many cancer treatments are only possible because of blood transfusions that help combat treatment-induced fatigue and possible blood loss.
With cancer patients being the No. 1 recipients of life-saving blood and those locally using as much as 50 percent of the blood products in our community, they need our community’s support in donating life-saving blood. Essentially, your blood donation serves as a lifeline for cancer patients receiving treatment.
Research shows that patients in a high-dose of chemotherapy treatment often need eight units of platelets every three days; leukemia patients require 10-12 unites of platelets weekly; and bone marrow transplant patients can use as many as 120 units of platelets and 20 units of red blood cells.
Provide a lifeline for those battling cancer; donate blood today. Get out there and roll up your sleeves this month and receive a “Many Types One Fight T-Shirt!” Thanks for your support in the fight against cancer and in helping save local lives…one blood drop at a time.