Blood Saves Lives: American Red Cross Receives $3,000 Grant for Cancer Patient Care

Memorial Health receives grant for cancer initiative, enhancing their ability to save lives | News, Sports, Jobs

The American Red Cross’ Blood Saves Lives Fighting Cancer initiative recently received a $3,000 grant from the Memorial Health Foundation to support patient care within the Health System and region. Sharon Kesselring, executive director of the American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley, expressed excitement for the partnership with the Health System.

The grant was awarded by the Memorial Health Foundation’s board of trustees due to the important role the American Red Cross plays in patient care within the Health System and region. The grant will aid in the collection and processing of blood products for those in need in the area.

Julie Dye and Jill Deming presented the grant on behalf of the foundation at Memorial Health System’s first blood drive of 2024. It is important to note that while blood drives take place at Memorial Health System locations, they collect blood throughout the entire region, not just within it. This blood is then processed and made available for patients fighting cancer when they require it. Blood transfusions are essential in cancer treatment as they provide relief from symptoms of chemotherapy treatments.

The next Memorial Health Foundation grant cycle will open on July 1, and more information can be found online at

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