During the month of September, Virginia Blood Services will encourage donors and the community to “Give Hope” by donating blood in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness.
Blood is made up of three components: Red Blood Cells, Platelets and Plasma. Some cancer treatments cause a loss of platelets. These specialized blood cells help control blood clotting. When platelet levels fall too low, patients are given a transfusion of platelets to replenish their supply and prevent life-threatening hemorrhages.
The types of cancers that occur most often in children are different from those seen in adults. The most common cancers of children are:
• Brain and other central nervous system tumors
• Wilms tumor
• Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
• Bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)
All participating donors will also receive a limited edition t-shirt, which aims to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer and blood donation.
“Our littlest warriors need blood too. Children fighting cancer and those living with blood disorders like sickle cell disease and thalassemia require transfusions to replenish their blood supply. Please donate!” – Dr. Mandy Atkinson, Carilion Pediatric Hematology/Onocology
Promotion runs 9/1/17 – 9/30/17. All participating donors who present at a community donor center / fixed site will receive a seed paper card, while supplies last. Giveaways are nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. Must be at least 18 years of age (16 or 17 years of age with signed parental consent) for actual donation and must be 18 years of age or older to be entered into the random drawing, when offered. ITxM and Virginia Blood Services employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law. Please bring ID with you on the day of donation. Proper ID is required to donate blood. A Virginia Blood Services or military ID, driver’s license, passport or employee or student ID with picture and full name are all approved forms of ID. Birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor’s full name will also be accepted.