Area residents turned out on Saturday to honor a Bowling Green man who suffers from bone marrow cancer.
Charles Whitney of Bowling Green suffers from Multiple Myeloma, or bone marrow cancer.
Area residents turned out on Saturday to honor Whitney by donating blood .
This type of cancer causes brittle bones and makes it difficult for the body to fight off infections.
Many donors were simply looking for a way to help.
"We're put here to help one another and this is something so simple. I can do this whenever it needs to be done", says blood donor, Kelvin Alexander.
Cancer patients like Whitney may require up to 100 units of red blood cells and 50 units of platelets throughout their treatment.
The Red Cross says blood donation is especially important during the summer months when donations typically decline.
For more information, or to find a blood drive near you, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.