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2018 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Blood Drive

childhood cancer awareness month blood drive

Did you know that children fighting cancer often require blood products? They require them for several different reasons.

  • The cancer itself can interfere with normal blood production. This is very common in patients with leukemia.
  • Chemotherapy drugs can impair the body’s ability to produce blood normally. Chemo targets fast-dividing cells but cannot differentiate between good and bad cells . The fast-dividing cells in the bone marrow where blood is produced are attacked as well as the cancer.

Some patients only require a transfusion or two during treatment, some require them much more frequently. Because of this need a well stocked blood supply is extremely helpful for families fighting childhood cancer.

We are thrilled to be joining together with several other local charities to host a blood drive for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  The blood drive is through ARUP Blood Services, who is the sole blood provider for Primary Children’s and Huntsman Cancer Institute.

The blood drive will be on September 11th from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. It will be at the LDS Church located at 160 East 4600 South.

We are hoping to be very busy, so it will be best if you schedule an appointment. You can sign up for time here.

To stay up-to-date on the event you can RSVP to the Facebook event here. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!

The organizations we are partnering with all focus on helping families with children with life threatening illnesses.

Children and the Earth– Our mission is to assist children faced with life threatening, sometimes terminal illness. Anything from cancer, special needs, to rare disease. Children and The Earth has come together to create special opportunities for these children and their families to make memories to last a lifetime. We also assist in easing the burden of medical expenses while these children are faced with hard battles. We’ve done it all from checking every item off terminally ill children’s bucket lists to remodeling a home to make it more wheel chair accessible. There is nothing we won’t try to come together to accomplish for these children and their families.

Salt Lake City CureSearch– CureSearch is a national non-profit foundation that accelerates the cure for children’s cancer by driving innovation, eliminating research barriers and solving the field’s most challenging problems. We fight every day to make treatment possible and a cure probable for the 43 children diagnosed with cancer daily. Ultimately, CureSearch is working to change the odds for those children most at risk. At our Salt Lake City annual event, we unite all superheroes and sidekicks to honor kids with cancer and celebrate forever heroes. This special day includes a walk, prizes, music, snacks and fun activities for the entire family! And it’s all for a great cause: participants are given the opportunity to raise money for children’s cancer research.

We hope you join us for a walk and fun-filled day… and our mission to make a difference for the 43 kids diagnosed with cancer each day.

HayesTough– The HayesTough Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support and hope to families affected by childhood cancer.

Heroic– H.E.R.O.I.C. is a non-profit organization formed by a widely varied group of costumers and prop-makers. We want to give back to our community through the costumes we make. We focus on supporting charities and community events with our costumes based on comic book heroes, gaming characters, princesses, and some fantasy / science fiction characters.

H.E.R.O.I.C. can help you with…

Charitable fundraisers
Visits for special needs groups
Public awareness for a good cause
Community events
And More!

Mascot Miracles Foundation– Founded in 2013, the Mascot Miracles Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps children who have serious illness through professional, college and corporate mascots; by creating and attending events, and parties; and bring smiles to those children in unthinkable situations.

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