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Central Calif. Blood Center drives up to Relay

Central Calif. Blood Center drives up to Relay

Editors Note: This story is a part of the Sun-Gazette Purple Paper edition for Relay For Life, the largest international network of community fundraisers in the fight against cancer. The actual event will be held May 18-19, 2019 at Dobson Field in Exeter. The purpose of this paper is to help raise awareness about the Exeter Relay For Life while simultaneously raising money toward the event’s overall donation to ACS.


EXETER – There are several reasons that people can’t give blood but having cancer isn’t necessarily one of them.

“I can’t give blood because I had cancer” is one of the top myths about donating blood, according to the Central California Blood Center. While some types of cancer may disqualify you from donating, there are many circumstances under which you may give blood after an appropriate waiting period.

Those with a history of cancer, as long as successful therapy has been completed over five years ago, there is no current therapy, there has been no recurrence, and there are no recommended restrictions/limitations in activity are allowed to give blood. And even these rules don’t apply to common skin cancers or cervical cancer. The only types of cancer that would prohibit someone from donating blood would be blood-born cancers, such as Leukemia, Lymphoma, and myeloma.

So whether you are a cancer survivor, care giver or supportive friend there’s no excuse not to give blood at this year’s Relay for Life on May 18-19. The Central California Blood Center will be holding a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at Dobson Field, the new home of the Exeter Relay.

The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our Valley community. Many patients require extra blood during surgery to remove certain types of cancer, such as prostate cancer, which requires 4 to 6 pints of the blood for the average procedure.

Donors may also give blood at Central California Blood Center in Visalia. Located at 1515 S. Mooney Blvd., the blood center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration.

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