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Blood drive location moves to high school

The Chino Valley blood drive, which is usually done at the American Legion hall, will be at Chino Valley High School (CVHS) west gym on April 10 from noon to 6:30 p.m. in the hopes that more high school students age 17 and older will donate. The high school student council will sponsor this drive.

Donors can make appointments through the CVHS Health Office by calling 636-2298 during school hours.

Local blood supplies are critically low, according to blood supplier for this area, United Blood Services.

Just 10 years ago, 350 donors were needed on a daily basis to meet area needs. Today, that number has skyrocketed to a daily demand of more than 625 people every day.

United Blood Services, which supplies Yavapai Regional Medical Center and the Prescott veterans hospital, will collect blood in a tri-city drive from April 7 through April 14.

Cancer survivors whose doctors have deferred their disease for 10 years will now be able to donate after only one year from end of treatment. The health office will have a list of deferral criteria and details on which types of cancer require a physician's written approval and which types create a permanent deferral.

Blood drive organizers highly recommend appointments because they make the process go smoothly.

Tri-City Drives:

• April 8 – Yavapai College, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1100 E. Sheldon, Bldg. 2, Rm. 216, Call 776-2285

• April 10 – Chino Valley High School West Gym, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Highway 89 and Center Street. Call 636-2298, extension 26

• April 10 – VA Medical Center, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 500 Highway 89 N., Theater Bldg, 15,Call 776-6013

• April 11–12 – Yavapai Regional Medical Center, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Thurs.) and 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Fri.), 1003 Willowcreek, Thumb Butte Room. Call 772-9328.

Donors should drink one liter of water per day for three days prior to donating.

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