In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.

Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure that the Red Cross can collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations needed every day.

Giving blood takes less time than it takes to watch a single basketball game. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Locally, call Jeanie Cozad at 402-376-4715

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities, sponsored by the Valentine Rotary Club:

3/8/2018: 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall