Blood donation is essential for a cancer patient

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – For 20 years, a Jonesboro woman has rolled up her sleeves to donate blood.

Now she asks others to do just that for her because she now needs blood donations.

Dana Hayes explained how essential blood donations are.

She described this week as a good week. The first she’s had in a year.

A year ago, Hayes was diagnosed with anemia.

After still having health complications, doctors diagnosed him with myelodysplastic syndrome, also known as MDS.

MDS prevents the body from making enough quality white blood cells and red blood cells.

“I had to have platelets and I had to have blood and at one point they wanted me to have two pints,” Hayes said.

Hayes explained that there was not enough blood available for her when she needed it.

“But with the shortage, I was only able to get one,” she said.

She said that at that moment she really understood how important blood donations are for everyone.

Hayes always felt it was her duty to donate blood, especially with the blood type she has.

“I’m ‘O neg’ so I’m what anyone and everyone could use,” Hayes said.

Now with MDS she cannot donate blood but needs lots of blood to stay healthy.

“So now I rely on other people to help me,” she said.

The American Red Cross and Valley View Church of Christ are holding a blood drive in his honor Monday, April 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Valley View Church of Christ.

Hayes said she is grateful that these groups come together to help collect blood for her and other patients.

You can make an appointment here.

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