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Local blood drives set to fight cancer

Each donor receives this shirt.The Community Blood Center is dedicating October to the support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with local blood drives.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the special-edition “I Fight Cancer, I Give Blood” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com.

Logan County Blood Drives scheduled during this campaign include:

Oct 4th Logan County Discovery Center, Bellefontaine, Noon-4:00pm, public blood drive

Oct 15th Nash Finch, Bellefontaine, 12:30pm-3:30pm, employee blood drive

Oct 23rd Bellefontaine Masonic Center, 1:00pm-5:00pm, public blood drive

Oct 30th Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, 7:30am-2:00pm, public blood drive

The “I Fight Cancer, I Give Blood” T-shirt is gray and features the iconic pink ribbon, the international symbol of breast cancer awareness. The T-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate at any CBC donor center and most mobile blood drives from Monday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 2.

Community Blood Center is proud to support the fight against breast cancer. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness about the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.

Blood donors play an important role in the treatment of cancer patients who are the largest group of people who require blood transfusions. Chemotherapy and other treatments have a harsh impact on blood cells. Transfusions of donated blood and blood products are vital to reducing complications and saving lives.

Community Blood Center urges healthy donors to consider making a blood donation at this time. There is always a need for blood. Blood donated with the Community Blood Center stays local; the blood is sent to local hospitals including Mary Rutan Hospital to help our families and friends.

A picture ID with full name, such as a driver’s license, is necessary in order to donate. Bring along the CBC ID card if you have one. Donors should be in good health and eat their normal diet. It is suggested to drink a lot of water the day before and the day of donation.

Donors must be at least 16 years of age. 16-year-old donors must have parental consent. Forms are available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations. Donors can call Kathy Pleiman, Community Blood Centers Shelby County Representative at 937-295-3100. Donors who are 17 or older do not require parental permission forms. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE(4483).

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