Did you know you can help play a direct role in the fight against cancer by donating platelets or blood through the American Red Cross?  

The Red Cross must collect more than 2,500 platelet and approximately 13,000 blood donations every day for patients nationwide with a distribution to nearly 2,500 hospitals.

Platelets are tiny cells that form clots and stop bleeding.  They're a constant need for transfusions.  More than half of all donated platelets go to cancer patients.

Cancer patients often require blood products during treatment or after surgical procedures.  Platelet transfusions, in particular, are needed to prevent life-threatening bleeding and help cancer patients continue receiving lifesaving treatments.

Blood donation opportunities can be made at upcoming Blood Drives going on right now and next month throughout the Tri-State area including:

  • Henderson, KY - March 21, April 8, April 11
  • Huntingburg, IN - March 26
  • Jasper, IN - April 5, April 10
  • Ferdinand, IN - April 15
  • Odon, IN - March 29
  • Washington, IN - March 28, April 11
  • Morganfield, KY - April 6
  • Newburgh, IN - April 3
  • Evansville, IN - March 19 - 23; Mar. 25-27; Mar. 29,30; Apr. 1-3; Apr. 5-7; Apr. 8-10; Apr. 12, 13, 15
  • Leopold, IN - April 2
  • Celestine, IN - April 14
  • Ireland, IN - April 4
  • Tell City, IN - April 5
  • Montgomery, IN - April 12

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS for the exact location and times for Blood Drive's going on in the above towns/cities.

If you'd like to donate platelets, please make an appointment with your local Red Cross blood donation center by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/Cancer;  by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App. Save time by using RapidPass.

The local platelet donation center is located at 29 N. Stockwell Road,Evansville, IN.

Source:  American Red Cross