Support cancer patients by giving blood with the Red Cross

Published 3:41 pm Friday, October 13, 2017

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.”

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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.  

– submitted by Maya Franklin

Upcoming October blood donation opportunities:



Oct. 19, 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Polk County American Red Cross Chapter, 231 Ward Street


Forest City

Oct. 19, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Chase High School, 1603 Chase High Road

Oct. 20, 12-5:30 p.m., Forest City Fire Dept., 186 S. Church St.


Oct. 25, 2-6 p.m., Gilkey School Community Center, 217 Gilkey School