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Did you know that specific blood types are best utilized for platelet donations?

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.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, GIVE PLATELETS. GIVE HOPE.

All participating donors during the month of October will receive a limited edition “Give Platelets. Give Hope.” tee shirt!

VBS is a proud sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Richmond, VA. Learn more about these American Cancer Society events, and why your participation is needed:



Platelet Donations vs. Whole Blood Donation

A platelet donation takes just a little longer than a whole blood donation and is done via an automated system that returns other components to your body. Because their shelf life is very short (just 5 days compared to 42 days for whole blood), platelets are constantly needed. Your ONE donation for platelets will allow you to donate enough for a complete patient dose. That’s supporting ONE patient directly!

Frequency Matters

You can continue to support patients every 7 days through platelet donations. Please consider increasing your donation frequency and continue to support life through blood donation.

If you have A, B or AB blood types, please consider a platelet donation today. Learn more.


If you or someone you know has a story to share about a cancer survivor who has personally been impacted by the gift of life, or who has supported a loved one impacted by the gift of life, and shown exemplary strength, hope and courage through the process, we’d like you to share it and bring awareness to the importance of blood donation.

To schedule a platelet appointment, click here.


If you are interested in hosting a blood drive in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, please contact us!

Donate Blood. Support Life.

Rules: Promotion runs October 1 – October 31, 2017. All participating donors will receive one t-shirt while supplies last. Limited sizes and quantities available. Promotion good at all donor centers and mobile drives. 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.   ITxM 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 donor 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.