United Blood Services honors breast cancer awareness month

United Blood Services honors breast cancer awareness month
Photo Credit: WDAM / United Blood Services in Hattiesburg needs donors.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from United Blood Services

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, United Blood Services is offering blood donors a special gift to display their support. Donate blood at the Hattiesburg Donor Center, located at 805 S. 28th Avenue, October 6th-11th, and you will receive a pink, "Fearless" stadium cup!   Donors will also receive a "Monsters are Real" T-shirt, both items while supplies last.

Throughout treatment, many cancer patients receive platelet and/or red cell transfusions.  These transfusions are needed for many reasons, including the effect of chemotherapy or radiation.   A steady supply of red cells and platelets from caring volunteer donors helps countless patients in their fight against cancer.  Join the fight, be fearless and donate blood.  Schedule your appointment to donate by visiting www.BloodHero.com or call 601-264-0743.

Donors can donate at the Hattiesburg Donor Center at 805 28th Avenue:

Monday- Closed

Tuesday- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday- Closed

Friday - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday- 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In order to prevent blood shortages, donations from all blood types are always needed.  However, we have seen an increased need for type O negative red cell donations and type AB plasma donations.  Increased patient therapy using these two blood types and products has caused a need for these types.  If you have type O negative, AB positive or AB negative blood types, please schedule an appointment to donate today at www.BloodHero.com or call 877-UBS-HERO (877)827-4376.

Donors can visit www.unitedbloodservices.org the day of their donation and click on the "Health History Questionnaire".  This allows donors to complete the interview portion of their donation online, in the privacy of their home or office.  Make sure to print your "Fast track donation ticket" and bring it with you to your donation.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 years of age must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.  The 16 year old donor permit form can be located at www.unitedbloodservices.org.  Donors receive a free cholesterol test. Donors also earn points in our “Hero in Me” online rewards store.  Points can be redeemed for movie tickets, pizza, shopping cards and more at www.bloodhero.com.  A photo ID is required to donate. For more information, call 877-UBSHERO (877-827-4376)