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LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 12th, 2023 · Leave a Comment

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October with a special donor gift, aiming to encourage the community to donate blood in support of those battling breast cancer and in honor of survivors. Donors will receive a limited-edition Breast Cancer Awareness Month T-shirt* and a $20 e-gift card as a thank you.

Additionally, LifeSouth will contribute $10,000 to National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), matching individual gifts made to the Foundation from October 8-14. The matching contribution will benefit breast cancer patients and also honor LifeSouth blood donors.

“We are honored to be giving back to the National Breast Cancer Foundation through these donations on behalf of our organization and blood donors,” said LifeSouth Community Blood Centers President and CEO Kimberly E. Kinsell. “The Foundation’s mission in helping educate women through early detection, education and support services is more important than ever, and we are proud to be able to support their efforts.” 

Transfusions of blood products are often needed during cancer treatment, making this timely collaboration as a community necessary. Approximately 30 percent of all blood transfusions in the U.S. go to cancer patients, who often need them to replace crucial elements of their blood that are damaged or lost during their treatment. Patients who undergo chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or who have a cancer that affects the blood often need blood transfusions. Thousands of lives are saved everyday thanks to blood donors.

“We are grateful to LifeSouth Community Blood Centers for their support of our mission during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Brooke Adams, NBCF Sr. Director of Charitable Giving and Strategic Partnerships. “Their generous matching gift will help us further extend our funding for our life-saving programs and services to women across the country.”

LifeSouth supplies blood to 70% of Northeast Florida hospital beds through its service to many regional hospitals, including Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Baptist Medical Center South, HCA Florida Memorial Hospital, HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital, UF Health Jacksonville, UF Health North and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Blood donated with LifeSouth directly helps patients at these hospitals.

LifeSouth invites the community to donate blood and give someone in need a chance at life. Cancer patients in local hospitals are counting on lifesaving blood donors in their community to ensure that blood is there when they need it.

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