28 September 2018
Turn Tyler Pink: firefighters invite locals to give red, for pink T-shirts Anniversary event includes blood drive, food, fun, cancer awareness

Anniversary event includes blood drive, food, fun, cancer awareness

10 years of Turn Tyler Pink: firefighters invite locals to give red, for pink T-shirts

Anniversary event includes blood drive, food, fun, cancer awareness

TYLER, Texas (Sept. 28, 2018) – A common misunderstanding is that accident victims are the patients who require the most blood for transfusions. Actually, people who receive the most blood include those: being treated for cancer, undergoing organ and marrow transplants, undergoing cardiovascular surgeries, and being treated for inherited blood disorders, like sickle cell disease.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Tyler, it is also the 10th anniversary of Turn Tyler Pink; so this is a great time to give red (donate blood) with Carter BloodCare and support the blood requirements for cancer patients and others in need of blood transfusions.   

This year’s event takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at T.B. Butler Fountain Square in downtown Tyler. The Tyler Professional Firefighters Association is hosting a blood drive from 4 to 8 p.m., and all blood donors will receive a voucher for a free, 2018 Turn Tyler Pink T-shirt. For blood drive information or to schedule your appointment, contact Jessica at (903) 590-6134. The blood drive continues until 8 p.m., even though other activities conclude at 7 p.m.

Blood donors may purchase additional T-shirts to benefit cancer organizations that receive support from the annual Turn Tyler Pink sales. One beneficiary is the Tyler Firefighters C.A.R.E. (Cancer Awareness and Relief Effort) fund. Its purpose is to help defray the cost of cancer treatments for current and retired firefighters, and their dependents that are facing a cancer challenge.

Before donating blood, remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water at least an hour before giving. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood.

Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information, call or text 800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.

About Carter BloodCare

Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The program is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.



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