Red Cross holds appreciation dinner for donors

Monday, May 16, 2005

The American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region held an apheresis appreciation dinner recently at Southeast Hospital to thank those who have donated platelets.

Apheresis -- a process of donating a single component of blood, such as platelets -- became an established part of the Red Cross blood program in 1972.

Patients undergoing chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant or open-heart surgery depend on platelets in order to survive their treatments.

For information on becoming an apheresis donor, call (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit

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