Red Cross teams up with American Cancer Society to bring in more blood donations

13-year-old Ellie Thornton and her mother speak at the conference on how donations saved Thornton's life.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- The American Red Cross teamed up with the American Cancer Society to bring attention to the need for blood donations for cancer patients.

Officials announced the initiative Monday at the West Virginia Cancer Institute. Officials say cancer patients have to have so many transfusions, needing a quarter of all blood received across the country.

Officials with the organizations hope the collaboration will help cancer patients in need.

"Because the demand is constant, we are making a plea to give cancer patients more time with their families," said Erica Mani, Regional C.E.O with the American Red Cross. "We need you to come out today and donate blood."

For more information on how you can donate blood through the Red Cross, you can find the link on the right of this page.