Red Cross offers a surprising way to help patients kick cancer

Give platelets or blood to help patients battling cancer

DEDHAM-People may be surprised that they can play a direct role in the fight against cancer, and it’s easier than they might think. By donating platelets or blood through the American Red Cross, donors can share their strength and help patients kick cancer.

Platelets are tiny cells that form clots and stop bleeding. About 2 million units of platelets are transfused each year in the U.S., and more than half of all donated platelets go to cancer patients.

“Some cancers and certain types of chemotherapy drugs and radiation can damage bone marrow, where red blood cells and platelets are produced,” said Dr. Pampee P. Young, chief medical officer, American Red Cross. “Cancer patients often require blood products during treatment or after surgical procedures. Platelet transfusions, in particular, are needed to prevent life-threatening bleeding and help cancer patients continue receiving lifesaving treatments.”

Because platelets must be transfused within just five days from the time they are donated, platelet donors have the power to help save up to three lives within days of their donation.
In addition to cancer patients, platelets and blood are needed every day for lifesaving surgeries, traumas and those living with blood disorders. The Red Cross must collect more than 2,500 platelet and about 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide. In the Massachusetts Blood Services Region, 164 platelet and 352 blood donations are needed each day.

How to donate platelets
Platelet donation is available at the following Red Cross blood donation centers. Appointments are encouraged and can be made using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org/Cancer or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Local Platelet Donation Centers:

Boston
274 Tremont St
Danvers
99 Rosewood Drive
Dedham
180 Rustcraft Road
Raynham
275 New State Highway
Weymouth
208 Main St
Worcester
381 Plantation Street
Springfield
150 Brookdale Drive

About platelet donation
During a platelet donation, blood is collected by a device that separates platelets, along with some plasma, from whole blood, and the remaining blood components are returned to the donor. The entire process takes about two to three hours, and donors are encouraged to relax during the donation – Netflix videos, television and wireless internet are available. Platelets may be donated every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

How to donate blood
Blood donations can be made at the following upcoming blood drives. Eligible donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to give now. Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a blood donation appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Essex County

Amesbury
4/4/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Holy Family Church, 9 Sparhawk Street

Andover
3/26/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Andover Town House, 20 Main Street
3/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saint Augustine Church, 35 Essex Street
4/8/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Free Christian Church, 31 Elm Street

Beverly
3/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Glen Urquhart School, 74 Hart Street
4/10/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Endicott College, 376 Hale Street

Bradford
4/9/2019: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sacred Hearts School, 31 South Chestnut St

Georgetown
4/5/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 9 Jewett Street

Haverhill
4/11/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Northpoint Bible College, 320 South Main Street
4/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Haverhill Elks Lodge, 24 Summer Street

Ipswich
4/5/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., John T Heard Masonic Lodge, 70 Topsfield Road

Lynn
4/7/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Grifyn Sawyer Memorial Drive, 177 Lynnfield Street

Marblehead
4/11/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Marblehead Masonic Hall, 62 Pleasant Street

Methuen
3/20/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway
3/27/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway
4/1/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 462 Broadway
4/13/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Holy Family Hospital, 70 East Street

Newburyport
3/18/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low Street
4/15/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low Street

North Andover
3/20/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Merrimack College Sakowich Center, Turnpike Street
4/10/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Edgewood Retirement Community Center, 575 Osgood Street

Salem
4/1/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Remix Church, 9 Church Street

Wenham
4/2/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Ken Olsen Science Center, 255 Grapevine Road

Middlesex County

Acton
4/11/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, 472 Massachusetts Av

Arlington
3/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Arlington Knights of Columbus, 15 Winslow Street
4/6/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., First Parish Church, 630 Massachusetts Avenue

Belmont
3/25/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Ave.

Billerica
4/14/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Billerica Masons, 11 Concord Road

Burlington
3/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn St.
3/26/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn St.
3/29/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road
4/2/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Burlington, 162 Winn St.
4/3/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., CBRE, 35 Corporate Drive

Cambridge
3/18/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Cambridge Masonic Lodge, 1950 Massachusetts Ave.
3/20/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Harvard University, 52 Oxford Street
3/22/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Harvard Law School – Wasserstein Building, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue
4/5/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Building 200, 200 Technology Square
4/12/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Charles Hotel Harvard Square, One Bennett Street

Framingham
3/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Framingham Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road
4/2/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Framingham Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road
4/11/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Framingham Plymouth Church, 87 Edgell Road

Groton
4/15/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Union Congregational Church, 220 Main Street

Hudson
3/29/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 91 Park Street

Lexington
3/27/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 177 Bedford Street
4/10/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 177 Bedford Street
4/12/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grace Chapel, Adult Learning Center Bldg, Room 105, 2 Militia Drive

Littleton
4/4/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 616 Great Road

Lowell
3/26/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., University of Massachusetts, 327 Aiken St, University Suites Room 106
3/28/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., University Of Massachusetts O’Leary Library, 61 Wilder Street
4/12/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue

Marlborough
3/27/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Marlboro Masonic Hall, 8 Newton Street
4/10/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Marlboro Masonic Hall, 8 Newton Street

Medford
4/15/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Tufts University Carmichael Hall, 200 Packard Avenue

Melrose
3/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW, 428 Main Street
3/31/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wyoming Lodge Masonic Temple, 326 Main Street

Natick
4/1/2019: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Natick Community Senior Center, 117 East Central St.
4/13/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Meridian Masonic Lodge, 24 Main Street
4/15/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street

Newton
3/27/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St
4/3/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street
4/10/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St

Newton Center
4/7/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Shaarei Tefillah Synagogue, 35 Morseland Ave

Newtonville
4/14/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 460 Newtonville Avenue

North Chelmsford
3/30/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Congregational Church of North Chelmsford, 15 Princeton St

Reading
3/27/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Good Samaritan Lodge, AF & AM, 110 Haven Street
4/3/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 25 Woburn Street
4/4/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Reading Cooperative Bank, 55 Walkers Brook Drive

Somerville
3/20/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Avenue

South Waltham
4/2/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., USDAN Student Center, 415 South Street
4/3/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., USDAN Student Center, 415 South Street

Sudbury
3/19/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wingate at Sudbury, 136 Boston Post Rd

Tewksbury
3/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Holiday Inn Tewksbury, 4 Highwood Drive

Townsend
4/6/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Townsend Congregational Church, 3 Brookline Street, P.O Box 487

Wakefield
4/3/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main Street
4/13/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wakefield Masonic Building, 370 Salem Street

Waltham
3/28/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., CBRE/New England, 200 Fifth Avenue

Watertown
3/23/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Watertown Police Department, 552 Main Street

Westford
3/22/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton Westford, 500 Princeton Way

Weston
4/9/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street

Winchester
3/29/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Winchester Hospital, 41 Highland Ave

Maximizing your donation experience
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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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