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Health Alert: Bleed For A Cause

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014, 04:45 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- There are just a few weeks left to help a great charity and save lives!

Chief operating officer, Greg Boothe, at Hoxworth Blood Centers said, "Summer is a tough time to recruit blood donors.  Many regular donors go on vacation and school is out so scheduled drives drop as well.  We are always trying to get our message out there for the summer, 'Don't forget about us!'  We're still here and the need is still there."

The team at Hoxworth has a double incentive during the month of July.  It's called Bleed For A Cause.  People can donate and then specify from a list of charities that gets the points.  Those points add up to money for charities on the list.

Some of those charities include Local 12's friends at the SPCA to the YMCA which provides free summer fitness.  The money comes from a sponsorship with organizations such as the Montgomery Inn.  It ranges from about $2 to $10,000 for first through third place.

Donors get points for whole blood donations but extra points if they can spend a little more time donating blood products such as platelets, which are used for cancer treatment.  Any Hoxworth neighborhood blood center can record your donation for a cause.

CLICK HERE for the link to all the organizations you can support through July 31.



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