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Give blood at ECHS Feb. 27


February 13, 2020

Escambia County (Ala.) offers an opportunity to give blood in Atmore from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at Escambia County High School, located at 1215 Presley Street as patients fighting cancer need more blood than patients fighting any other disease, using nearly one-quarter of the nation’s blood supply.

That’s why this February, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Give Time, ensuring loved ones have the strength and support to battle cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. An estimated 28,570 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Alabama this year. (17,190 cases in Mississippi) Many of these people will likely have a need for blood.

To schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment or make a financial gift, visit

Some types of chemotherapy can damage bone marrow, reducing red blood cell and platelet production. Other times, the cancer itself or surgical procedures cause the problem. Blood products are often needed.

In fact, five units of blood are needed every minute to help someone going through cancer treatment. Yet only 3 percent of people in the United States give blood. More people are needed to donate regularly to help meet the need.

“The need for blood in cancer treatments is an important and untold story,” said Gary Reedy, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. “The American Cancer Society is excited to be working with the Red Cross on Give Blood to Give Time. Through this partnership, we want people to know there are multiple ways they can help and make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and their families.”

Individuals can honor their loved ones by making a blood donation appointment or financial contribution at


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