WINGDALE – In support of the American Red Cross efforts to encourage blood donors to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer get transfusions during Childhood Can-cer Awareness month, Dover Greens and Olivet University recently hosted a community blood drive event.
The September 3rd Blood Drive was in cooperation with the American Red Cross and took place in one of the classrooms on the university campus. Throughout the afternoon scores of students and local residents participated in the donation drive which lasted from 2pm to 7pm.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 15,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. were diagnosed with cancer last year. Childhood cancer patients often need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or for treatments regarding complications that arise during therapy and surgery.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and its goal is to encourage eligible donors to support young people battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.