Labor action causes cancellation of region's largest blood drive

The Northern Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross announced Friday that the annual blood drive scheduled for Tuesday, February 14th at Landerhaven Executive Caterers is cancelled.

The drive was cancelled due to the impending strike by Teamsters Local #507.

People who give platelets - a component of blood - at three Red Cross donor centers will also be unable to donate.  "Platelets are often vital in the treatment of many illnesses, including cancer. Because platelets have a shelf life of only five days, being unable to collect for even one day is concerning," said Christy Sabaka, Regional Communications Program Manager.

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