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Bellefontaine Masonic Center and Mary Rutan Hospital to help fight cancer by hosting blood drives

On Wednesday the Bellefontaine Masonic Center will be the site for a blood drive from 1:30 to 5:30. The Masonic Center is located at 600 North Main Street, Bellefontaine. Green Hills Community will serve as hosts for this public blood drive.

Wednesday, October 30th Mary Rutan Hospital will host a public blood drive from 7:30am-2:00pm. Kim Sanford serves as chairperson for the Mary Rutan blood drives.

Blood collected by the Community Blood Center stays local and supplies area hospitals, including Mary Rutan Hospital.

The Community Blood Center (CBC) 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 or call 1-800-388-GIVE(4483)

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.

CBC 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 (CBC) urges healthy donors to consider making a blood donation. There is always a need for blood.

A picture ID with full name, such as a driver’s license, is necessary to have 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, or 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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