American Red Cross Blood Saves Lives Fighting Cancer Receives $3,000 Grant from Memorial Health Foundation

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The American Red Cross’ Blood Saves Lives Fighting Cancer initiative has received a $3,000 grant from the Memorial Health Foundation. This grant will be used to support the collection and processing of blood products for patients in need in the region.

Sharon Kesselring, executive director of the American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley, expressed excitement for the partnership with the Health System. “We are thrilled to be able to work with Memorial Health System to provide vital blood transfusions for those fighting cancer,” said Kesselring.

The foundation’s board of trustees voted to award the grant due to the important role the American Red Cross plays in patient care within the Health System and throughout the region. Julie Dye and Jill Deming presented the grant on behalf of the foundation at Memorial Health System’s first blood drive of 2024.

Blood transfusions can be crucial in cancer treatment, providing relief from symptoms such as fatigue and weakness caused by chemotherapy treatments. The American Red Cross collects blood throughout the entire area, not just within Memorial Health System, which is processed and made available for use when needed.

The next Memorial Health Foundation grant cycle opens on July 1st, more information can be found online at

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