BANGOR — During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood or platelets to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and more than 268,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood, are needed to ensure a stable supply for cancer patients and others this fall. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
As a thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets during the month of October will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants, courtesy of Tango Card. Terms apply; see rcblood.org/game. Donors living in eastern and central Maine have the opportunity to give blood at the Bangor Red Cross Blood Donation Center. For hours of operation and to make an appointment, view the Bangor Red Cross Blood Donation Center information on RedCrossBlood.org
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 17-31:
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Franklin Memorial Hospital, 111 Franklin Health Commons
1-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Island Community Center, 6 Memorial Lane
8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Sumner Memorial High School, 2456 US Highway 1
9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Eastside Wellness Center, 6 Elkins Lane
9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, University of Maine, 46 University Drive
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Knights of Columbus, 109 Spring Street
8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Erskine Academy, 309 Windsor Road
9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Waterville High School, 1 Brooklyn Ave.
1-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Winslow VFW, 175 Veterans Drive
12-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Owls Head Community Building, 224 Ash Point Drive
1-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, American Legion Rockland, 335 Limerock St. Lincoln
9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Jefferson Fire & Rescue, 204 Waldoboro Road
1-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Knights of Columbus, St. Denis Church, 298 Grand Army Road
9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, City of Bangor, 73 Harlow St.
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Brewer High School, 79 Parkway South
9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Stearns Jr Sr High School, 199 State St.
1-6 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 30, Orchard Trails, 4 Empire Drive
12-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Redington-Fairview Hospital, 46 Fairview Ave.
12-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Steelworkers Union Hall, 653 Waterville Road
1-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Waldo General Hospital, 118 Northport Ave.
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.