It’s something you don’t think about until you or someone you love experiences it.
Nearly all cancer patients use blood sometime during their treatment. In fact, cancer patients use more blood products than patients with any other disease. The problem isn’t the cancer itself, but the treatment.
Strong doses of chemotherapy and bone marrow suppression can temporarily damage the cells that make blood and platelets. Platelets are the crucial cells that help blood clot.
Many cancer patients depend on donated blood to keep them going. That’s why Lane Blood Center has partnered with Relay for Life for the past eight years. We’ll be there this Saturday, accepting blood donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside our air-conditioned Bloodmobile. And Team B Positive will participate in the race, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday. The team raised more than $3,000 this year for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.
Like you, we do it for people like Nancy Trautman, a nurse at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center and active grandmother to 13 beloved grandchildren. Her life was turned upside down in January 2012 by a diagnosis of ovarian cancer – her second cancer diagnosis in two years. (She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.) Chemotherapy took a toll on Nancy’s body and left her lethargic and exhausted. But a series of blood transfusions restored her energy and allowed her to stay active throughout her cancer treatment.
“For me it was an improvement in the quality of my life,” Nancy said. “I can’t tell you how thankful I am to whoever donated those units.”
We’re proud to be a part of Relay for Life and to give back to the community, the way you give back when you donate blood. Join us!
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