Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and eggs are hatching. It’s spring, a time of renewal. For hospital patients in need of blood, hope for a fresh start comes from generous donors.

When Matt Deyo was a senior in high school, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor. During his 14-month regimen of aggressive chemotherapy, he received more than 90 units of red blood cells and platelets.

“Being an 18-year-old cancer patient was difficult because my life suddenly took an unexpected detour,” said Deyo, now cancer-free. “But going through that life-changing experience led me down an amazing path and helped me decide to pursue a medical career.”

Spring into action and give hope by giving blood. You just might provide a fresh start for someone like Deyo. To make an appointment or for more information, visit

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Butler County

April 4: 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 430 Eunice in El Dorado.

April 7: 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 1429 N. Andover Road in Andover.

April 9: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bluestem High School, 500 Bluestem Drive in Leon.

April 10: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Douglass High School, 921 E. First St. in Douglass.

April 11: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Butler Community College Hubbard Welcome Center, 901 S. Haverhill in El Dorado.

April 12: 12-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1501 State St. in Augusta.