Feb 12, 2020 9:20 PM

KWU Wind Ensemble to host Honor Band concert Thursday

Posted Feb 12, 2020 9:20 PM

Fresh off an exciting week of concerts during Fusion!, the KWU Festival of Music, Kansas Wesleyan’s Department of Music will welcome groups of select high school students for a special event on Thursday.

The groups will perform selections during a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sams Chapel. Admission is free, and the KWU Wind Ensemble will open the event with three pieces of its own.

“All students participating in the Feb. 13 event were nominated by their directors,” said Dr. Carl Rowles, KWU Director of Bands. “This event has shown tremendous growth in the number of students participating over the years, and we are excited about that development. We hope the community will come out to hear some great music, and to reward the hard work of these students.”

For a full listing of concerts at Kansas Wesleyan, please visit www.kwu.edu/finearts

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UPDATED: Local, area blood drives to help battle cancer

UPDATE Feb. 22, 2020: This story has been updated to delete all but the blood drive events in the final week of February.

WICHITA – Patients fighting cancer need more blood than patients fighting any other disease, using nearly one-quarter of the nation’s blood supply.

That’s why this February, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up to encourage people across the country to Give Blood to Give Time, ensuring loved ones have the strength and support to battle cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. An estimated 16,170 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Kansas this year. Many of these people will likely have a need for blood.

“A loved one’s cancer diagnosis often makes families and friends feel helpless. That’s why theGive Blood to Give Timepartnership with the American Cancer Society is so important,” said Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer, AmericanRedCross. “When someone donates blood or platelets or makes a financial gift, they are helping to give patients and their families time, resources and the hope they need to fight back.”

To schedule a blood donation appointment or make a financial gift, visit GiveBloodToGiveTime.org.

Some types of chemotherapy can damage bone marrow, reducing red blood cell and platelet production. Other times, the cancer itself or surgical procedures cause the problem. Blood products are often needed. In fact, five units of blood are needed every minute to help someone going through cancer treatment. Yet only 3% of people in the United States give blood. More people are needed to donate regularly to help meet the need.

“The need for blood in cancer treatments is an important and untold story,” said Gary Reedy, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. “The American Cancer Society is excited to be working with theRedCrosson Give Blood to Give Time. Through this partnership, we want people to know there are multiple ways they can help and make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and their families.”

Individuals can honor their loved ones by making a blood donation appointment or financial contribution at GiveBloodToGiveTime.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area are as follows.

Cloud County


Feb. 27: noon- 6 p.m., Kansas Army National Guard, 2115 Blosser Circle

Lincoln County


Feb. 28: noon- 6 p.m., Christian Community Center, 137 N. 4th Street

McPherson County


Feb. 25: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bethany College, 335 E. Swensson


Feb. 25: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., McPherson College, 1600 Euclid

Mitchell County


Feb. 24: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 416 Pitt

Saline County


Feb. 24: noon- 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 122 N. 8th

Feb. 24: noon- 7 p.m., Sunrise Presbyterian, 825 E. Beloit

Feb. 25: noon- 7 p.m., Sunrise Presbyterian, 825 E. Beloit

Feb. 26: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunrise Presbyterian, 825 E. Beloit

How to donate blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPassor use the Blood Donor App.