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The Shreveport Police Department, Shreveport Fire Department, Office of the Shreveport City Marshal, and Caddo Parish Sheriffs Dept. Host Cuffs & Hoses Blood Drives

Today the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Dept., Shreveport Fire Dept., Office of the Shreveport City Marshal, and the Shreveport Police Dept., came together to kick off the Cuffs & Hoses Blood Drives to be held through Saturday, June 15 at these local organizations’ facilities. The blood drives are being held in honor of Lauren Fogger Tigges, a recovering car accident victim. All drives are open to the public, and participating blood donors will receive a limited edition Cuffs & Hoses t-shirt, while supplies last. Read More...

Blood Drives to Promote HHT Awareness In June

Many people let a nosebleed go unnoticed, but for many it is an indication of a life-threatening disease. Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia or HHT is a genetic disorder that causes abnormalities of blood vessels. Most blood vessels in the body of someone with HHT are normal. However, a small percentage of the blood vessels in a person with HHT have a specific type of abnormality. Read More...

North Louisiana Residents Called to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort

Residents of Shreveport-Bossier have a special opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will give scientists a better understanding of cancer causes and prevention. The Society is looking for local men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 from various racial/ethnic backgrounds with no personal history of cancer to help reach full enrollment of at least 300,000 people. Read More...

Blood Donations Needed

The blood supply takes constant monitoring and replenishing, and blood resource sharing among geographical areas elevates during times of tragedy. Because blood donors gave in advance both in these areas directly affected and those surrounding it, the blood needs of the West, Texas victims are currently being met. As these victims undergo surgery, blood must continue to be provided for those victims as well as the typical medical needs that require blood components. Read More...

O Negative Blood Donors Needed Following Disasters

In light of the tragedy in Boston, the nation’s blood supply has experienced high usage and requires additional donations. LifeShare Blood Centers is asking the community to give blood so that blood needs are met, both locally and nationally during this critical time. Read More...

Significant Increase in Blood Donations Needed Today to Stabilize Blood Supply

The area’s blood supply continues to be in a critical situation. A recent decrease in blood donors, particularly during the holidays and since the first of the year, has the local blood inventory at a minimum. 1000 donations are needed between today and tomorrow to stabilize the blood supply, a life-saving resource with no substitute. Read More...

January Honors Those Who Give The Gift of Life

One in three people will need blood at some time in their life. Where does it come from? Volunteer blood donors. Our country’s blood supply depends on blood donors to make this resource available to those in need. Whether it comes from an unexpected event such as an accident or a carefully planned surgery, many medical needs are dependent on blood donors giving in advance. January is National Blood Donor Month, honoring blood donors who give their time and part of themselves to help save lives and contribute to the health of those in the community. Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood, and about one in ten of those people do. These statistics demonstrate the importance of each blood donor, many giving repeatedly to maintain the blood supply. Read More...

Making Donations Count at the Food Bank

When LifeShare Blood Centers heard that the Harvest Food Bank in Texarkana, Ark. was concerned about their supply lasting through the holidays, they decided to make the blood donors’ life-saving good deeds go a little further—not just in Texarkana but for the 70 parishes and counties with 3.7 million people that LifeShare serves. For every blood donation LifeShare Blood Centers collects on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 it will donate a food item to the local area food bank. Read More...

North Louisiana Teenager Holds Marrow Registry Drives While Battling Cancer

In an effort to find a match for 14-year-old Jamaya Johnson of Bossier City, La., two community-wide marrow registry drives will be held in North Louisiana this Thanksgiving weekend. The first will be held on Friday, Nov. 23 from 11:30a.m. - 3:00p.m. at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church, 720 Adams Rd., Monroe, La. The other drive will be on Saturday, Nov. 24 in Bossier City, La. at Rusheon Middle School's gym from 11a.m. - 2p.m., 2401 Old Minden Rd. Anyone ages 18 to 44 in good health are encouraged to sign up on the registry. African-Americans are strongly encouraged to register because the race is currently under-represented on the registry --less than 10 percent of nearly 10 million registrants. Patients are most likely to find a match within their own ethnicity. Read More...

Area Foundations Grant Support to Protect Rare Blood Cell Collection

BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, Scott Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser Foundation were recognized today by LifeShare Blood Centers for major contributions to protect and preserve one of the world’s largest collections of rare red blood cell samples. LifeShare Blood Centers is the steward of the rare collection that it uses in blood compatibility testing for hospitals and blood centers worldwide. Read More...