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Blood drive uses St. Patrick's Day parade to raise awareness about cancer

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

A blood drive in downtown Sioux City capitalized on the St. Patrick's Day parade for a good cause that can save lives.

LifeServe set up two blood mobiles on Saturday at Mac Behr's on 4th Street.

The organization partnered with Blood Cancer SUX, a group started by mothers with children diagnosed with cancer.

LifeServe representatives said cancer patients are the number one recipient of blood donations. All of the blood collected Saturday will be distributed to local patients in need.

"We're really just trying to raise awareness that even if you can't donate [Saturday] because you may be participating in some of the other events that are going on, and you might not be eligible, but just to be aware that it does help all kinds of patients and blood donations are always needed in the community," LifeServe Territory Representative Kim Wendzillo said.

LifeServe said it hopes to do a blood drive like this every 56 days because that's how often donors can give blood.

If you missed today's blood drive, you can find out when the next one at DonorSaves.org.

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