When was the last time you watched a current movie, relaxed and reclined on a comfortable chaise, a toasty warmth relieving the stress on your back and smiling attendants offering you juices and munchies?
It’s not a high-dollar spa experience. In fact, it’s free.
Does watching movies while battling cancer interest you? You have more than money to donate to cancer relief. And you’re an instant hero just for showing up.
Central Coast United Blood Services has an opportunity for you.
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Every week, a revolving supply of blood platelets must be maintained.
Platelets go mostly to cancer patients receiving ongoing treatments. They are also used to maintain area hospital reserves for medical procedures and emergencies.
United Blood can schedule donations as often as every two weeks because platelets regenerate themselves as quickly as every seven days in a healthy donor.
Platelets’ shelf life is only five days at room temperature, thus, the need for an active pool of regular donors and a reserve of willing stand-by participants who might not be available to donate as often.
Marketing Director Janna Nichols said, “We don’t want to waste platelets, so we make appointments based on our weekly demand. Our demand is steady, with peak needs from Thanksgiving through Jan. 15 and summer. We like to say this is another way to fight cancer.”
Nichols indicated a common question was how to determine if a person qualifies to give platelets regularly or even whole blood as often as every 56 days.
“The best way to know is to allow us to test. We have certain requirements to guarantee the best product for those in need, but we encourage anyone with an interest in donating to come in and be tested.”
Nichols, a donor herself, was reminded of a cancer patient she interviewed.
“I asked John what he would say to someone afraid of needles (and) afraid to give blood. He said, ‘Ask them to recall the last time they got a shot. Could they recall the pain? Then ask them if they had lost someone to cancer or another illness. That pain is forever.’ ”
Call United Blood Services at 543-4290 or drop by 4119 Broad Street to be tested or to donate.
And by the way, their mobile van to donate whole blood will be in Los Osos at the South Bay Community Center on Oct. 15 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Cayucans, speaking of staying healthy flu and pneumonia shots are available to anyone in the community Tuesday at the Cayucos Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon.
Medicare or private insurance plans qualify, or pay $25. The Cayucos Senior Van will even pick you up. Call 995-3543.
Reach Judy at 801-1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.