BOZEMAN — Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women.
This month, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help fight breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness month.
People with breast cancer often have a weakened immune system due to their treatment, and need of blood or platelets, which are tiny blood cells that form clots to help stop bleeding.
The American Red Cross in Bozeman will hold its first Breast Cancer Awareness blood drive on Oct. 16 at the Bozeman Blood Donation Center.
Eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to donate.
“We often times will do something with the intent of bringing it to the awareness of the public, and this is definitely one of those times,” said Leanna Lecount, team supervisor at the American Red Cross in Bozeman and Helena.
“You can donate blood when you're 17 in the state of Montana with parental consent. And from that point on, every two months you can donate.”
You can donate blood at the following locations in Gallatin County:
10/29/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Huntley Lodge, 50 Big Sky Resort Road
10/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bozeman Blood Donation Center, 300 North Willson
10/17/2019: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Montana State University Student Union Building, SUB-MSU Campus
10/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf Street
10/30/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main Street
10/31/2019: 10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Montana State University Student Union Building, MSU-SUB
10/30/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Big Sky School # 72, 45465 Gallatin Road
10/24/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 601 5th Ave. East Madison