At Mississippi Blood Services (MBS), donors and staff have been celebrating Valentine’s Day with Barbie Bassett and Marshall Ramsey for almost a decade! This year we invited the American Lung Association (ALA) to join us. Why? WLBT, a long-time media partner and friend to MBS, learned that one of their own was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Marshall dedicated his shirt design to Stephanie Bell Flynt, and the decision was made to do the shirt in turquoise blue instead of traditional red. The turquoise was in honor of the ALA’s LUNG FORCE campaign.
LUNG FORCE is ALA’s campaign to raise awareness of lung cancer among women. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer among women. In fact, it is the leading cause of death by cancer for all demographics (men, women, and all ethnicities)…and death by lung cancer is over three times higher than the next leading cause of death by any other type of cancer.
Why would MBS join forces with the ALA’s LUNG FORCE? Ms. Flynt has been open about her diagnosis, and has let her public know that as part of her treatment, she has needed blood. Blood and platelets play a valuable role in cancer treatments. If the disease itself doesn’t cause the patient to need blood products, the aggressive treatments used to combat the illness often does. Chemo and radiation are hard on a patient’s body, for they can attack healthy cells and tissue as well as the cancer. When a patient’s blood count gets low, he or she may need transfusions to help them beat the disease and continue the cure.
Not every patient diagnosed with cancer needs blood or blood products. But so many do. We who are healthy enough to donate can help those who are battling these horrific diseases.
MBS, as always, extends a heartfelt thanks to Barbie and Marshall for making our Valentine’s Day Promotion a spectacular success. We also express our deep appreciation to Stephanie Bell Flynt for sharing her story and putting a face and name with the need. We are all rooting for her and hoping for her quick recovery. Finally, MBS would like to say thank you to the American Lung Association for not only sharing the day with us, but for everything they do to raise awareness in the fight against lung cancer.

Stephanie Bell Flynt and Barbie Bassett

Stephanie Bell Flynt and Barbie Bassett

L-R: Marshall Ramsey, Dr. Joe Pressler,  Lung cancer survivor, Barbie Bassett

L-R: Marshall Ramsey, Dr. Joe Pressler, Donna Guthrie, Barbie Bassett

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