Save lives; give blood Sept. 24 in Luverne

To the Editor:

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross is reminding donors of the importance of blood donations in cancer treatments.

The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give blood in support of kids fighting cancer, patients with sickle cell disease and others facing serious illnesses.

More than 15,000 kids and teens in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

All those who come out to give blood in September will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut, courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts.

The next blood drive in Luverne will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in Grace Lutheran Church on Kniss Avenue. Save time by using RapidPass® to make an appointment and complete pre-donation reading and health history online before arriving.

Do you know someone who has never donated before? Encourage them to make an appointment with you. Without more donors, patients will not have the blood they need.

Eligible donors with types O, B negative or A negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive.

Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency personnel reach for in trauma situations when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.

For detailed donor eligibility questions, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org.

Delores Mulligan

Luverne

American Red Cross Volunteer

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