Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on October 12, 2012 @ 8:13PM
Created on October 12, 2012 @ 6:28PM
About 18% of all the blood donated in the United States is used by cancer patients. The American Red Cross has been reporting for months that the amount of donated blood is at extremely low levels. On Thursday and Friday, United Hospital Center invited everyone to the hospital to donate blood.
There were former cancer survivors at the drives.
Peg Holmes was one of them. She said she was one of the lucky ones because her breast cancer was discovered at a very early stage and she never had to get a blood transfusion while she was fighting her cancer.
While she herself didn't need blood, she knows that it can be a lifesaver so she wanted to express her gratitude.
She encourages all women to get mammograms but she also wants them to realize that if you are diagnosed with cancer, having someone to lean on who's familiar with what you're going through can make the whole situation a lot less scary.
"I think it means everything when you have support. Part of healing is mental and I think that you get the support that you need from friends and family and support groups that help you with healing," said Holmes.
"I have Butterfly Kiss and that's my support group here with the hospital. I think its very important for the people that I work with to have a place to go," said Peggy Johnson, a Clinical Navigator for Breast Health at UHC.
The blood drive ran smoothly. More donors than anticipated showed up Thursday and there was a steady flow on Friday. Donors had the opportunity to put their name on a sign that will be placed in the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. and Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center.
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