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Patients need blood


March is recognized as Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Every day, patients suffering from illnesses such as these are faced with challenging medical procedures including chemotherapy. One in seven patients entering a hospital will require transfusions of red blood cells, platelets or other blood components.
One blood donation from a volunteer donor benefits as many as three patients. Without blood donations from the community, many medical and surgical procedures could not be possible.
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center will hold a blood drive in Bandera from 8:30 to 1 pm, Sunday, March 22, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 602 7th Street, in Bandera.
Anyone who is 16 years old and weighs at least 120 pounds - with parental consent form - or who is 17 years old and weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health may donate blood. Donors must present identification.
All donors receive a T-shirt, refreshments, a mini-physical and are encouraged to eat before and after donation.
Learn more about blood donation at www.southtexasblood.org.