The American Red Cross has scheduled the following blood-donation opportunities through Sept. 15:
Rome: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10, The Beeches, 7900 Turin Road
Camden: 1-6 p.m. Sept. 9, Camden Methodist Church, 132 Main St.
Clinton: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6, Hamilton College Fitness Center, 198 College Hill Road
Clinton: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14, Clinton United Methodist Church, 105 Utica Road
Sylvan Beach: 1-6 p.m. Sept. 3, American Legion, 1153 Clifford Avenue
Verona: 2-7 p.m. Aug. 30, St Peters Lutheran Church, 4897 Old Oneida Road
Utica: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Utica Rehab & Nursing Center, 2535 Genesee St.
Utica: 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays, Blood Donation Center, 4685 Commercial Drive
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and 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.
The National Cancer Institute estimated that more than 15,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. would be diagnosed with cancer last year. Childhood cancer patients may need blood products on a regular basis during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.
Cancer and cancer treatments can put patients at risk for low red blood cell and platelet counts. Some types of chemotherapy can damage bone marrow, lowering the production of red blood cells and platelets. Cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma attack the bone marrow as well. Blood and platelet transfusions can enable patients to receive critical treatments needed to fight and survive cancer.
Platelet donors and blood donors of all blood types are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a summer blood shortage. As a thank-you, those who come to give Aug. 30-Sept. 3 will receive a unique Red Cross canvas tote bag, while supplies last.
Appointments to donate may be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. To learn more and sign up to host a blood drive, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.