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American Red Cross: Donations needed for Cancer patients

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Cancer treatments are starting to pick back up again now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing, but the American Red Cross said they need people to donate platelets to help make those treatments happen.

Donor Recruiter Jim Whitfield said they're partnering with the American Cancer Society to get platelets to cancer patients who need them to survive.

It's different from normal blood donations, because it takes two hours to donate.

He said 25% of all of their donations go to cancer patients in need and need more people willing to donate in order to save lives.

"We've all known someone who has been affected by cancer and a lot of times people need blood products to help rebuild their immune system to help rebuild after the affects of cancer treatments and so this is just a great way to partner and to help those people who are in need," Whitfield said.

Donor Jason Roberts said he has been donating for as long as he can remember because he has people close to him that are in need.

"My sister has stage four breast cancer and a good friend of mine Michelle, she is battling some pretty hard times right now," Roberts said.

Whitfield said the best way to help is to give.

You can do that by calling 1-800-733-2767, , or using the mobile app.

Whitfield said you must make an appointment before showing up to a drive.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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