October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the blood service OneBlood is reminding everyone that blood donors play a major role in helping women battling the disease.
Normally, when the subject of giving blood comes up, the first thoughts for many are that the blood is for accident victims or surgical patients. But OneBlood’s Betty Roberts says blood and platelets are also used to counter the harsh effects of chemotherapy throughout their treatment.
More changes are in the works for OneBlood. The Orlando-based blood bank, which has an office in Pensacola, is entering into an agreement with The Institute for Transfusion Medicine.
Based in Pittsburgh, ITxM is a not-for-profit blood center and transfusion services organization that operates in Chicago, Virginia and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. OneBlood, serves most of Florida and parts of South Alabama and Georgia.
The need for blood never stops, even when a hurricane or tropical storm barrels through town. That’s why OneBlood, the local blood center, is urging all donors to include blood donation as part of their hurricane preparations.