Help Kids Kick Cancer by Giving Blood with the Red Cross

Health and Fitness

August 29, 2018

From: American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter

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During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 15,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. Childhood cancer patients may need blood products on a regular basis during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.

Wren Jansen was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, at age 3. In the two years since her diagnosis, Wren has received 16 blood and platelet transfusions, which she calls “unicorn juice,” thanks to a crafty nurse who used the term to calm her fears during treatment. These “magic” gifts from generous donors have helped restore Wren’s strength and spirit so she can be a normal 5-year-old and fight back against cancer.

In December, Wren and her family hope to mark a special milestone – the end of treatment and the battle with cancer won.

Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets Aug. 31-Sept. 4 will receive a Red Cross aluminum water bottle, while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Fairfield County Sept. 1-15 

Bethel

9/7/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Rd.

Bridgeport

9/12/2018: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., University of Bridgeport Student Center, 244 University Avenue

9/13/2018: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., University of Bridgeport Student Center, 244 University Avenue

Brookfield

9/7/2018: 1 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Raymour & Flanigan, 14 Candlewood Lake Road

Danbury

9/6/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hampton Inn, 81 Newtown Road

9/13/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., City Hall Parking Lot, 155 Deer Hill Ave.

Darien

9/13/2018: 11:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Piedmont Club, 152 Hecker Ave. 

Easton

9/7/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road

Fairfield

9/5/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Cambridge Manor, 2428 Easton Turnpike

Greenwich

9/10/2018: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Avenue

Monroe

9/1/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike

New Canaan

9/4/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street 

Newtown

9/4/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.

Ridgefield

9/6/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd. 

Riverside

9/6/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Walgreens, 1333 E Putnam Avenue 

Shelton

9/10/2018: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive

9/13/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 188 Rocky Rest Road

Stamford

9/1/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Union Baptist Church, 805 Newfield Avenue

9/8/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Stratford

9/5/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ashcroft Inc., 250 East Main Street

Trumbull

9/9/2018: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Trumbull Fire House, 860 Whiteplains Rd

9/15/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Joseph's Center, 6448 Main Street

Westport

9/8/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Masonic Temple Lodge, 210 Post Road E

9/14/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Westport, 75 Church Lane

Wilton

9/13/2018: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rd.
 

How to donate blood 

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.