During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support kids,
teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions.
According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 15,000 children and adolescents in the
U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. Childhood cancer patients may need blood products
on a regular basis during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.
Wren Jansen was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of
childhood cancer, at age 3. In the two years since her diagnosis, Wren has received 16 blood
and platelet transfusions, which she calls “unicorn juice,” thanks to a crafty nurse who used the
term to calm her fears during treatment. These “magic” gifts from generous donors have helped
restore Wren’s strength and spirit so she can be a normal 5-year-old and fight back against
In December, Wren and her family hope to mark a special milestone – the end of treatment and
the battle with cancer won.
Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are
urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. As a
thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets Aug. 31-Sept. 4 will receive a Red Cross
aluminum water bottle, while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate by downloading the
free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED
9/9/2018: 11 AM – 4 PM, Putnam County Airport Appreciation Days, 100 Ballard Lane
9/12/2018: 11 AM – 5 PM, Student Union Building, 313 S Locust
How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-
in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed
by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to
donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to
meet certain height and weight requirements.