During the month of September, LifeSource is encouraging donors and the community to “plant the seed of hope” by donating blood in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Blood is made up of three components: Red Blood Cells, Platelets and Plasma. Some cancer treatments cause a loss of platelets. These specialized blood cells help control blood clotting. When platelet levels fall too low, patients are given a transfusion of platelets to replenish their supply and prevent life-threatening hemorrhages. The types of cancers that occur most often in children are different from those seen in adults. The most common cancers of children are:
- Brain and other central nervous system tumors
- Wilms tumor
- Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
- Bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)
To kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, LifeSource will be distributing an awareness card that includes seed paper in the shape of a blood drop, while supplies last. We are encouraging donors to plant the seed paper to honor children who are battling cancer and receive life-supporting blood transfusions.
Meet Cy Petrosino, a seven-year-old diagnosed with medulloblastomas. Read his inspiring story here.
Share with us on social media @lifesourceorg where you plant your seeds to honor children who are fighting cancer every day!
Schedule your appointment this month to honor all childhood cancer patients. Please call 877.543.3768 or click here and search by zip code or group code. Or, visit one of our convenient donor centers.
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Rules: Promotion runs 9/1/17 – 9/30/17, while supplies last. All participating donors who present at a community donor center or mobile drive will receive a seed paper card, while supplies last. Giveaways are nontransferable, nonrefundable and not redeemable for cash. Must be at least 18 years of age (16 or 17 years of age with signed parental consent) for actual donation and must be 18 years of age or older to be entered into the random drawing, when offered. ITxM and LifeSource employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law. Please bring ID with you on the day of donation. Proper ID is required to donate blood. A LifeSource or military ID, driver’s license, passport or employee or student ID with picture and full name are all approved forms of ID. Birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor’s full name will also be accepted.