Make a blood donation with Vitalant in October, and $10 will be gifted to the Baptist Women’s Hospital. If you’re a first-time donor, the amount donated increases to $20. Thanks to blood donors like you, the hospital may receive up to $10,000 in donations. This Breast Cancer Awareness program is possible because of the teamwork of Vitalant, the Shelby County Commission, WREG-TV, Memphis Medical Society and Baptist.
Baptist Women’s Hospital will use the donated funds to provide 40 screening mammograms to uninsured or underinsured patients at no charge. Mammograms save lives. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and is localized, the five-year relative survival rate is 99%.
Why donate blood now?
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an especially appropriate time to donate blood. Breast cancer patients benefit from blood transfusions as part of their treatment. There’s an urgent need for all types of blood, and each blood donation can save up to three lives. To make it even easier to donate, you may visit the upcoming Vitalant Blood Drive for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Vitalant Blood Drive for Breast Cancer Awareness
Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Benjamin L. Hooks Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue in Memphis
The blood drive will have ample social distancing and is located inside the library, in the meeting rooms to the left as you enter.
If you can’t make the blood drive, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825) to find out how to donate. Vitalant will hold several mobile blood drives across the Mid-South in October. They also have donor centers located in Germantown, Bartlett, Southaven, East Memphis and the Medical District.