AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn University and the American Red Cross are partnering for fall blood drives on campus this September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Community members are invited to donate blood Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept 19. The blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Center. A blood donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

According to the National Cancer Institute, over 15,000 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. Donors are encouraged to give blood this month to support childhood cancer patients who need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.

“This is a great way for students, facility, staff and fans to show school pride and help ensure a stable blood supply for hospital patients,” said Ronnika A. McFall, external communications manager of the American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “Donors can do good and look good this September when they donate blood with the Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts – a proud partner of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports research to find cures for childhood cancers.”

Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood types O, A negative and B negative are encouraged to make a Power Red donation. These donors can maximize their impact by giving a concentrated dose of red blood cells.

Donors will receive a t-shirt, pizza and cookies as a thank you while supplies last. Those who give blood or platelets Sept. 1-30 and have a valid email address on record will also receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sports Clips.