4 ways to donate to cancer patients

A cancer patient goes through extensive treatment procedures. These procedures can lower their energy levels and affect their mental health. They become physically weak too. Such patients need a lot of emotional support. Supporting them in the form of donations is one way to help cancer patients. One can also help by raising awareness about the condition in the locality. Here are four ways through which you can donate to cancer patients.

This is a great way to not just donate your money but also inspire others to do so. There are several charities and NGOs that run a fundraising campaign whenever required. More importantly, there are several websites that can facilitate the process of fundraising. In fact, you can even start your own small fundraiser campaign locally. You can then donate the proceeds to a cancer awareness society, cancer hospitals, NGOs, or charities.

Blood donations
Many cancer patients rely on blood transfusions for their treatment and recovery. This is one of the most effective ways of helping out. Find a donor bank in your locality and register yourself. If you are a healthy, 16-year-old that weighs a minimum of 110 pounds, and have proper identification, you are eligible to donate. The process only takes about 10-15 minutes. Blood transfusions can help relieve certain symptoms in cancer patients. They can also help in improving their overall quality of life. 

Volunteering opportunities are a great way to support cancer patients. There are many advocacy groups that are constantly looking for volunteers. One can also contact their local hospital, cancer center, or place of worship for more information on volunteering opportunities. Volunteering can be a highly rewarding experience. As a volunteer, you can spread awareness about cancer, connect with the patient’s family and friends, and be available for their support.

Bone marrow transplant
Conditions like leukemia need bone marrow transplant. A sample of cells is collected by swabbing the inside of your cheek to sample the Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA). These HLA readings decide if you can be a match. If it is a match, you can make two types of donations – peripheral blood stem cells, or bone marrow. A bone marrow transplant can increase survival rates in cancer patients.  

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