Cancer patients especially benefit from blood donations

Cancer patients especially benefit from blood donations
(Source: KAIT)

(KAIT/NBC) - More than 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Many of these cancer patients will depend on daily blood transfusions during chemotherapy treatment.

There's no guarantee, however, that the blood will be there.

One leukemia survivor says he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the generosity of strangers.

For nearly four years, hospital stays were the norm for Arthur Bourget and his family.  Chemotherapy and radiation wiped out Arthur's blood cells.

"I remember my nurse coming in, I'll never forget, the look on her face, and she kind of had this look like, she really wasn't sure what to say," Arthur said. "I say, 'you know, what's going on?' And she says, 'well, I don't know how to tell you this, but we don't have the blood that you need right now.'"

Arthur was able to get the 29 blood and 35 platelet transfusions and is now nearly 10 years in remission.

April is National Volunteer Month, so visit the Red Cross website if you are interested in donating.

For more on Arthur's story, click here.

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