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Top 5 reasons for central kentuckians to donate blood to Sonny Cohen

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Sonny Cohen was featured on LEX18 News as part of their story to highlight what one local church did to help the 7 year old boy. Many members of the Turning Point congregation, including their pastor, shaved their heads as an act of solidarity with Sonny to let him know he's not alone in his fight with a rare form of cancer, called Ewing's Sarcoma.

This beautiful little boy represents so many out there who need blood on a regular basis. In his case, he often needs a transfusion after the devastating effects of powerful chemotherapy he is undergoing to fight his disease.

So, since January is National Blood Donation Month, here are just 5 reasons why donating to Sonny and so many others should be at the top of your to do list this month.

1. Reduce your own risk of cancer.

The Miller-Keystone Blood Center says that the consistency of blood donations is associated with lower risks of cancers including liver, lung, colon, and throat cancers due to the reduction in oxidative stress when iron is released from the bloodstream.

2. Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Blood viscosity is known to be a unifying factor for the risk of cardiovascular disease says the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide.
The removal of oxidative iron from the body through blood donations means less iron oxidation and reduced cardiovascular diseases.

3. Get a free Blood analysis.

Your blood is automatically tested for diseases such as HIV, hepatisis C and other blooodborne illnesses.

4. You get a calorie burn!

The University of California in San Diego estimate that for every one pint of blood donated, 650 calories are burned as the body must replenish itself.

5. It feels great to donate!

You become a real life hero!
Whether an adult or a kid like Sonny Cohen, you could potentially save three lives with just one donation.

Here is a link to a list of donation centers in Central KY and beyond. Schedule your appointment today!
http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood

Peace, Love, and Health

Mandy Leslie

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