American Red Cross and Memorial Health Foundation Join Forces to Fight Cancer with $3,000 Grant for Blood Saves Lives Initiative

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In 2024, the Memorial Health Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant to support the American Red Cross’ Blood Saves Lives Fighting Cancer initiative. The foundation’s board of trustees voted to award the grant due to the important role the American Red Cross plays in patient care within the Health System and the region. Sharon Kesselring, the executive director of the American Red Cross of the Ohio River Valley, expressed excitement for the partnership with the Health System.

The American Red Cross collects blood throughout the entire area, not just within the Memorial Health System. This blood is processed and made available for patients fighting cancer when they need it. Blood transfusions can be crucial in the cancer treatment process, providing relief from symptoms of chemotherapy treatments. Julie Dye and Jill Deming presented the grant on behalf of the foundation at Memorial Health System’s first blood drive of 2024.

The next Memorial Health Foundation grant cycle opens on July 1. More information can be found online at

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