Bleed Pink for Komen

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komenJoin Lane Blood Center in supporting the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure!

For each person who registers to donate blood Oct. 1-12, Lane Blood Center will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

The Bloomobile will be parked at Autzen Stadium on race day, Sunday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Everyone who registers to donate during the race will get a free “I Bleed Pink” t-shirt (while supplies last). Please sign up for your race day appointment at www.laneblood.org or by calling 541-484-9111.

We’ll be doing lots of fun things at our 2211 Willamette St. donor center, too.

  • Kick off the fun by wearing pink on Wednesday, Oct. 1, when you come in to donate.
  • Donate in-center on Wednesday, Oct. 8, and receive a pink carnation. Keep it for yourself or give it to a breast cancer survivor in your life.
  • In-center donors can enjoy pink sugar cookies and pink lemonade Oct. 1-12.

What’s the link between cancer and blood donation?

People with cancer might need blood transfusions because of the cancer itself. From the American Cancer Society:

  • Some cancers (especially digestive system cancers) cause internal bleeding, which can lead to anemia ([uh-nee-me-uh] from too few red blood cells).
  • Blood cells are made in the bone marrow, the spongy center of certain bones. Cancers that start in the bone marrow (such as leukemias) or cancers that spread there from other places may crowd out normal blood-making cells, leading to low blood counts.
  • People who have had cancer for some time may develop something called anemia of chronic disease. This anemia results from certain long-term medical conditions that affect the production and lifespan of red blood cells.
  • Cancer can also lower blood counts by affecting organs such as the kidneys and spleen, which help keep enough cells in the blood.

Cancer treatments may also lead to the need for blood transfusions:

  • Surgery to treat cancer may lead to blood loss and a need for red blood cell or platelet transfusions.
  • Most chemotherapy drugs affect cells in the bone marrow. This commonly leads to low blood cell counts, and can sometimes put a person at risk for life-threatening infections or bleeding.
  • When radiation is used to treat a large area of the bones, it can affect the bone marrow and lead to low blood cell counts.
  • Bone marrow transplant (BMT) or peripheral blood stem cell transplant (PBSCT) patients get large doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. This destroys the blood-making cells in the bone marrow. These patients often have very low blood cell counts after the procedure and need transfusions.
Author: Rebecca Taylor

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