The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive today, at First Baptist Church, at 311 North Madison Lebanon. The blood drive will take place between 1pm and 6pm.
During this time the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Give Time. Patients fighting cancer use nearly one quarter of the nation’s blood supply, which is more than patients fighting any other disease. And, there simply aren’t enough people donating regularly to meet the ongoing need. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Many of these people, especially those undergoing chemotherapy, will likely have a need for blood. In fact, five units of blood are needed every minute to help someone going through cancer treatment. Yet only 3% of people in the United States give blood.