September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross is hoping you'll give blood to help young people battle cancer as well as help others who need of transfusions. A news release says the the National Cancer Institute estimates more than 15,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. The news release says
"cancer and cancer treatments can put patients at risk for low red blood cell and platelet counts. Some types of chemotherapy can damage bone marrow, lowering the production of red blood cells and platelets. Cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma attack the bone marrow as well. Blood and platelet transfusions can enable patients to receive critical treatments needed to fight and survive cancer."

Red Cross officials says platelet and blood donors of all blood types are needed. As a thank-you, those who come to give Aug. 30-Sept. 3 will receive a unique Red Cross canvas tote bag, while supplies last.

You can make an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).