Patients fighting cancer need more blood than patients fighting any other disease, using nearly one-quarter of the nation’s blood supply. The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society are teaming up this month to encourage Minnesotans to “Give Blood to Give Time”.

“One in three people in the US are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, so it’s very common, most of us do know someone who is fighting cancer so this is a great way when you don’t know what to do, you can help give a patient time with their loved ones.”

Red Cross spokeswoman Sue Thesenga says an estimated 33,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Minnesota this year. Anyone who wants to donate blood or make a financial contribution can find out more at givebloodtogivetime.org.