Memorial Health Foundation Partners with American Red Cross to Enhance Cancer Treatment: $3,000 Grant Boosts Blood Saves Lives Initiative

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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. Sharon Kesselring, the executive director of the American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley, expressed excitement for the partnership with the Health System. 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 the region.

Blood transfusions can be crucial in the cancer treatment process, providing relief from symptoms of chemotherapy treatments. Julie Dye and Jill Deming presented the grant on behalf of the foundation at Memorial Health System’s first blood drive of 2024. The American Red Cross collects blood throughout the entire area, not just within the Memorial Health System. This blood is processed and made available for patients fighting cancer when they need it.

The next Memorial Health Foundation grant cycle opens on July 1. More information can be found online at mhsystem.org/Foundation.

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