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September 2014 • Published in The Daily Press, Ashland WI

This September, Memorial Blood Centers is spreading awareness about childhood cancer—the #1 disease-related killer of children ages 1 to 19 in the U.S. Throughout the month, Memorial Blood Centers is urging all eligible blood donors to give in honor of the nearly 16,000 children who are expected to begin treatment this year for this life-threatening disease.

Treatments including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery may result in blood loss or inability to produce new blood cells putting them at risk for anemia, life-threatening infections or bleeding. Blood products are essential to support therapy in pediatric cancer patients.

Twenty-five percent of all blood products help support treatment for cancer patients, including young children like Ike Yarmon. Just 3 days before his 5th birthday, Ike was diagnosed with leukemia and received his first blood transfusion while still in the hospital. He needed regular transfusions to help sustain him as he endured months of chemotherapy treatments.

“We never thought we would be walking this cancer path,” mom Chelsea Yarmon said, “but thanks to blood donors who helped keep our son alive we have a good chance of beating this thing. Now we are even more motivated to give blood because we see how it affects patients like our son. I hope that anyone who is eligible to give blood will. It takes so little time and you never know when you or a loved one could be in need of blood.”

During the month of September, we encourage you to donate blood with Memorial Blood Centers to ensure an ample supply of life-saving blood.

Making an appointment online is easy and convenient. Visit and click the Donate Blood button to schedule a donation at one of our Northland donor centers. You also can search by zip code for a community blood drive or schedule an appointment to donate this month at:

Ashland County Courthouse
Tuesday, September 9th
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Contact Bonnie Berndt at 715-682-7019
Walk-Ins Welcome!

Ashland BMO Harris Bank
Wednesday, September 10th
9:00am – 4:00pm
Schedule your appt. online using Sponsor Code: 2240
or contact Katie at 218-740-1542
Walk-Ins Welcome!

Jed Gorlin, M.D. is Medical Director and Vice President, Medical and Quality Affairs for Memorial Blood Centers. Elizabeth Perry, M.D. is Associate Medical Director for Memorial Blood Centers.

Send us your questions. Call us today 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253) to schedule an appointment, or to find out more about Memorial Blood Centers and how we partner with the Ashland community to save lives. You also can visit us online or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.