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Waterman Industries in Exeter holds blood drive on March 27

The management and staff at Waterman Industries invite you, your family and friends to join them in saving lives by donating at a blood drive on Wednesday, March 27. A bloodmobile will be on site between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

All donors receive a voucher for a FREE Regular Size A&W Root Beer Float, plus a variety of discounts from Valley businesses for dining, recreation, entertainment, and services!

“Thanks to the support from Valley residents, blood donations have been steady, but the need in area hospitals can rise at a moment’s notice,” states Chris Sorensen, Director of Community Relations and Development for the Central California Blood Center.  “We need not only our regular donors to please give, and regularly, but first-time donors, as well, to consider giving.”

Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration.

The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our Valley community.

 

Kaweah Delta to host March 20 seminar on colorectal cancer

Kaweah Delta Health Care District will host a free Wellness & You seminar on colorectal cancer and how to prevent it on Wednesday, March 20, in Visalia.

The seminar will take place from 12-1 p.m. at Sequoia Regional Cancer Center, 4945 W. Cypress Ave. Speaker will be Amit Kamboj, M.D., gastroenterology. Registration is not required. Information: 624-2463.

Kaweah Delta’s event coincides with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some facts on colon cancer:

-Approximately 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer each year.

-It often has no symptoms until it’s in advanced stages.

-It is 80 percent preventable when detected early.

-You can reduce your risk of colon cancer through regular screenings.

-Beginning at age 50 (or earlier if you have a family history), everyone should get their colon checked.

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